Trent University Invites Public to a Lecture and Panel Discussion “For the Sake of Our Lakes”


Event announces Dr. Paul Frost as the inaugural holder of the David Schindler Professorship in Aquatic Science

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University will officially announce Dr. Paul Frost as the new David Schindler Professor in Aquatic Science, at a lecture and panel discussion “For the Sake of our Lakes: Global Change and Its Effects on the Lakes of Ontario” on March 2, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College, 310 London Street.

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss water quality, why changes are taking place and the impact on aquatic ecosystems, communities and our economy.

Panellists are:

Dr. John Gunn, Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems at Laurentian University, Ms. Mary Smith, reeve of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township, Mr. Terry Rees, executive director of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations, and Professor Paul Frost, Trent’s inaugural holder of the David Schindler Professorship in Aquatic Science and expert in the role of nutrients in aquatic foodwebs. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael Berrill, Trent professor emeritus, aquatic biologist and conservationist.

Prof. Frost 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 lake foodwebs at the Experimental Lakes Area in north-western Ontario. Upon completion of his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 2001, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame on nutrients in stream ecosystems.

“It’s increasingly difficult - the future of water quality in Canada,” said Prof. Frost. “This event will consider how different global drivers will likely affect the future of our local freshwater ecosystems.”

For profiles on each of the panellists and more about the Schindler Professorship, please visit Trent's Aquatic Science web site.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP to Joanne Sokolowski at 705-748-1011 ext. 6162,


For more information, please contact: Dr. Paul Frost, David Schindler Professor in Aquatic Science, 705-748-1011 ext. 7903,