PEARL  Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory

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


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Research Programs

Most of our work deals with using biological indicators, such as diatoms, chrysophyte scales and cysts, and invertebrate fossils (e.g., chironomids, Chaoborus, protozoans, cladocerans, etc.). PEARL also uses a suite of geochemical techniques, and collaborates with workers using different approaches.

A large number of research programs are currently underway. In general, they can broadly be divided into the following categories, although significant overlaps exist. In addition, many smaller, independent projects are also underway. PEARL's research is undertaken across Canada, as well as many other parts of the world.

Prospective graduate students are invited to contact either John Smol or Brian Cumming for more details.