PEARL  Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory

Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston ON, Canada, K7L 3N6

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People at PEARL


John P. Smol, OC, PhD, LLD (Hon), PhD (Hon), DSc (Hon), FRSC, FRS
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change

Editor In Chief: Environmental Reviews
Editor In Chief: Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research
Phone: (+1) 613-533-6147
E-mail    Research Interests    BiographyJ.P. Smol next to Microscope

Brian F. Cumming, PhD

Phone: (+1) 613-533-6153

E-mail   Research Interests Brian Cumming in a Canoe


Adjunct Professors Associated with PEARL    Adjunct


Research Associates

Kathleen Laird, PhD
Phone: (+1) 613-533-6159

E-mail Kathleen Laird in a Canoe

Neal Michelutti, PhD
Paleolimnology of Arctic and Tropical Regions.
Phone: (+1) 613-533-6159

 Neal Michelutti hard at work

Kathleen Rühland, PhD Environmental and climatic change in lakes and peatlands.
Editor for Environmental Reviews
Phone: (+1) 613-533-6000 ext 77337
E-mail Recent CBC Radio Interview    Publications
Kathleen Rühland in waders

Adam Jeziorski, PhD
Using invertebrate microfossils to track lakewater calcium decline, deepwater oxygen trends, and other long-term ecological changes in boreal lakes.


Post Doctoral Fellows

Carsten Meyer-Jacob, PhD
Tracking lake-water carbon dynamics in response to past and ongoing environmental changes in northern lakes. E-mail





Part Time Researchers & Lab Associates

Emily Stewart, PhD
Assessing the relative influences of climate, nutrients, and oxygen on chironomid assemblages using paleolimnological techniques.

Andrew Labaj,PhD
Carrying out a Post-doctoral fellowship at Mount Allison University examining microplastic contamination in the Saint John River watershed, New Brunswick.

Working on lake carbon reconstruction and Cladoceran meta-analysis projects in close collaboration with colleagues at PEARL.




Technical Staff

Technical Director
John R. Glew, MSc. (1942-2019)
 John Glew in Mexico







Celebration of life event video:

Research Technician

Chris Grooms, BSc
Bird and bat paleoecology

Phone: (+1) 613-533-6000 ext 74088

Chris Grooms checking oil on a Cessna 152 before a flight


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