queen's/university of ottawa field school (august 12 to august 16, 2019)
A total of 17 ABATE graduate students participated in the final CREATE ABATE field school, which took place at Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa. The first part of this course took place at Queen’s and provided a general introduction to paleolimnology, such as bioindicators, zoological proxies, and the use of chironomids to reconstruct oxygen in deep water environments. This was followed by discussions of isotope analysis and carbon concentrations in paleolimnology. The final section at Queen’s examined the management of cyanobacterial blooms, and societal, policy, and management concerns. Students then traveled to Ottawa for the second half of the course, which consisted of lectures and labs on both coccoid and filamentous cyanobacteria taxonomy. While in Ottawa, the students also went on a tour of the Canadian Museum of Nature for a tour led by guest lecturer Dr. Paul Hamilton.
Some highlights that were noted by the ABATE students included gaining first-hand experience identifying cyanobacteria species, the tour of the Isotope Lab at Queen's University, discussing the intersection between policy and science, and the field trip to the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Photos below courtesy of Hebah Mejbel and Liz Favot.