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Brock University graduate John P. Smol (MSc ‘79), professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change at Queen’s University, is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Mathematics and Science Alumni Award.
“We are honoured to celebrate the outstanding career of Dr. Smol and the impact that his research has had around the world,” says Ejaz Ahmed, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science at Brock. “His pioneering work in identifying the role that humans play in environmental change has helped to shape policy decisions both at home and abroad.”
Smol is considered a world leader in the development of biological indicators for studying long-term environmental change in lakes.
He’s been awarded a Killam Prize for his work by the Canada Council for the Arts. The citation for his award, notes “His ground-breaking research on lake acidification, climate change, and land use change, has permanently altered views regarding the extent to which human activities affect the natural environment, and prompted key public policy and program development worldwide.”