Outreach & Engagement

Recent Science Communication and Outreach by Lab Members

We are a busy but very engaged bunch!

We participated in Winter Grab, a binational multi-institutional grassroots initiative to sample ice and water of the Great Lakes in the winter. See Nolan’s Story Map.

We are part of RAEON and have partnered with Global Water Futures; Read about the Great Lakes Consortium of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. As part of RAEON Claire and Carolina were recently deploying bioassay experiments in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Miracle received a travel award from AGU to present her undergraduate research on loss of oxygen in lakes.

We were part of NSERC FloodNet; Ceara’s paper on Flooding and Ecosystem Services is one of the most cited papers for the journal Biogeochemistry.

Read about Maggie’s action plans to build a more equitable and inclusive scholarly publishing environment, together with AGU Publications and other partners.

Claire was interviewed by Trent Radio on harmful algal blooms.

Sandra is leading the way for Peterborough with lab members Shirina, Sarah, Miracle, and Niamul to Support our Science by asking the federal government for more research funding.

Maggie inspired in her keynote address on incorporating biogeochemistry into engineering solutions and Carolina won best student presentation at the Engineering to Adapt Symposium

Maggie is co-chairing a working group on Winter Science for the International Joint Commission as part of her role on the Science Advisory Board. Read about early calls to prioritize winter science on p.11 of IAGLR Lakes Letter on Winter co-written with her co-chair Michael Twiss.

Sandra presented her research to 6th graders in French through the organization Exploring By the Seats of Your Pants.

Find brief science write ups from Maggie’s selected journal articles in JGR: Biogeosciences: Marguerite A. Xenopoulos, Author at Eos.

Hear about Anthony’s research on a Lord of the Rings-themed research podcast.

Sandra is an inspiration and role model. See her outreach activities for FeamSteamPtbo and See it Be It Stem IT.

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In The News

Selected Lab Research Featured in the News

2023: CBC Radio Ontario Morning: Radio interview with Manjula Selvarajah on CBC Radio Ontario Morning on the low ice cover on the Great Lakes.

 2023: GREAT LAKES NOW: Science Says What? What’s up with dissolved organic carbon (AKA why is my local stream murky?). https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2023/04/science-says-what-whats-up-with-dissolved-organic-carbon-aka-why-is-my-local-stream-murky/ 

2023: THE GLOBE AND MAIL: As ice cover dwindles on the Great Lakes, researchers scramble to understand the implications. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-great-lakes-ice-coverage-decline/ 

2023: GLOBAL NEWS: Trent University students join nationwide calls for more graduate, postdoctoral federal funding | Watch News Videos Online (globalnews.ca)

2023: PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER: Trent University students holding walkout Monday to demand more research funding (thepeterboroughexaminer.com)

2022: RADIO-CANADA: L’étude des Grands Lacs en hiver: Les détails avec Renaud Manuguerra “Les Années Lumière”: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/ohdio/premiere/emissions/les-annees-lumiere/segments/reportage/391783/grands-lacs-science-hiver-froid-glace-etude-recherche-expedition-winter-grab

2022: CBC RADIO Ontario Morning: Radio interview with Jill Dempsey on CBC Radio Ontario Morning on Winter Grab. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-112-ontario-morning-from-cbc-radio/clip/15895477-ontario-morning-february-16-2022-pt-2

2022: ROCHESTER BEACON: Answers in the ice; https://rochesterbeacon.com/2022/03/17/answers-in-the-ice/ 

2022: CJMB-FM EXTRA 90.5/OLDIES 96.7/ PTBO TODAY: Radio interview with Matt Latour on Winter Grab, “Trent University involved in first-time testing of Great Lakes ice”: https://www.ptbotoday.ca/2022/02/14/trent-university-involved-in-first-time-testing-of-great-lakes-ice/

2022: CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC: The Winter Grab: “First-of-its-kind” Great Lakes winter sampling takes place; https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/winter-grab-first-its-kind-great-lakes-winter-sampling-takes-place 

 2022: THE CONVERSATION: Scientific certainty survival kit: How to push back against skeptics who exploit uncertainty for political gain by P. Frost, M. Xenopoulos, M. Epp and M. Hickson; https://theconversation.com/scientific-certainty-survival-kit-how-to-push-back-against-skeptics-who-exploit-uncertainty-for-political-gain-173578 

2021: CBC RADIO Quirks and Quarks: Sandra Klemet N’Guessan answers a question from the audience on “how much of lake is made of fish pee”: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/sept-4-best-of-quirks-the-listener-question-show-1.6080839

2020: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: “How beef eaters in cities are draining rivers in the American West” https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/burger-water-shortages-colorado-river-western-us 

2017: SCIENCE NEWS: “Under blanket of ice, lakes teem with life” Under blanket of ice, lakes teem with life (snexplores.org)

2016: NEW SCIENTIST: “Global browning: Why the world’s fresh water is getting murkier” Global browning: Why the world’s fresh water is getting murkier | New Scientist