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The David Schindler Professorship in Aquatic Science Lecture

Reflections on the North Woods: Past, Present and Future

Dr. John Pastor

Thursday, March 10, 2016

7:30 pm

Wenjack Theatre, Otonabee College

Trent University

The North Woods is one of the most ecologically, geologically, and aesthetically interesting places you will find. Here, geologically young glacial deposits from the most recent Ice Ages lie atop the ancient Canadian Shield, which contains some of the oldest rocks on earth. The North Woods is the band of forest centered on the Great Lakes region and the St. Lawrence River where the range of sugar maple and other northern hardwoods to the south overlaps with that of balsam fir and boreal conifers to the north. This is the land of Christmas trees, moose, and maple syrup. In this talk, I will explore the nature and natural history of the North Woods. You will learn about how the North Woods became assembled, how its resident organisms interact with each other, and its future in light of expected global warming and human change.  

Dr. Pastor is the director of Natural History Minor and a professor in the Department of Biology at University of Minnesota Duluth.

This is a free event, open to the public.

To register for this event, please call 705-748-1011 x6433 or email alisonscholl@trentu.ca

The David Schindler Professorship in Aquatic Science lecture series is hosted by Dr. Paul Frost as the David Schindler Professor in Aquatic Science at Trent.

Professor Frost is an expert in the role of nutrients in aquatic foodwebs. He has previously studied a diverse range of topics in aquatic science from zooplankton in Lake Erie to light penetration in forested streams. His doctoral research examined lakefoodwebs at the Experimental Lakes Area in north-western Ontario. Upon completion of his Ph.D. at Arizona State University, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame on nutrients in stream ecosystems.

Established in 2008, the David Schindler Endowed Professorship in Aquatic Science is the first-ever endowed professorship at the University, valued at $1 million. The endowment was given to the University by an anonymous donor who wished to honour the work of Dr. David Schindler, a former Trent professor and one of the world’s leading limnologists (a specialist in the study of freshwater lakes and rivers).