BIOL 527*

   Winter 2017






 John P. Smol Biography

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change 

Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL)

Biosciences Complex, Room 4307a

Queen's University

e-mail:  SMOLJ@QueensU.Ca

PEARL web site:


Time and Location

Fridays, Biosciences, Room 3112; 8:30 – 11:30



"Study the past to divine the future"

    Confucius, circa 500 BC




Course Outline

Course Syllabus


Pollution of Lakes and Rivers Text Book

Buy the book at the Campus Book Store

Supplementary PowerPoints of the textbook figures


Journal of Paleolimnology


Journal of Phycology


DPER- Book Series

The Holocene

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Quaternary Research

Quaternary International

Quaternary Science Reviews

Quaternary Perspectives

Past Global Changes         

 Past Global Changes online resources and images

 Past Global Changes Magazine


NOAA Paleoclimatology Slide Sets


Library Reserve Documents::
Use the following links to find out how to obtain course
material on reserve at the library.

Finding Reserve Material PowerPoint file

Library Reserves PDF

Readings for Seminars 11 to 15

Reid and Ogden (2006)

Bindler (2006)

Gagan, Ayliffe, Beck, Cole, Druffel, Dunbar and Schrag (2000)

Briffa and Keith (2000)

Raynaud, Barnola, Chappellaz, Blunier, Indermuhle and Stauffer (2000) 








Academic Integrity and Queen’s Code of Conduct

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University.

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments and conduct conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1 -, on the Arts and Science website (see, and at Biology’s website (
and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulations on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

Accommodation Policy, Exam Conflicts, and Other Conflicts

Students who feel they need accommodations for disabilities or extenuating circumstances, or have a conflict between exams or other commitments should consult the Biology Department’s website for details about how to proceed ( In general, the earlier a course coordinator is apprised of an extenuating circumstance, the more likely an accommodation can be made. Students are encouraged to be proactive in anticipating difficulties, when it is possible to do so.

Students may apply to write a make-up or deferred exam if they have an exam conflict as defined in the Academic Regulations of the Faculty (See Arts and Science Calendar Regulation 8 - In this case, the student should report to the Exams Office first to verify that there is a genuine exam conflict. Biology professors will not consider your situation to be a conflict unless it meets the criteria set out by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 
Students may request a make-up or deferred exam if they have an exam conflict with off-campus travel associated with a field course (e.g., BIOL-307/3.0 or 407/3.0) that is held during the fall or winter terms.

This material is designed for use as part of BIOL 527 at Queen’s University and is the property of the instructor unless otherwise stated. Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters and articles) have either been licensed for use in this course or fall under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law.

Accommodation of Disabilities 
Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) and register as early as possible. For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the DSO website at: