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Paleolimnology is the science (and art) of reconstructing the past environments of fresh water systems. Join Adam Jeziorski and Josh Thienpont as they wade through the wide variety of topics covered by this interdisciplinary field. Whether you are already an expert at collecting sediment cores and microscope identifications, or you simply have an interest in environmental issues such as acid rain, eutrophication, and climate change, this podcast will help make the natural records that surround us as clear as mud.

Paleolimnology is the science (and art) of reconstructing the past environments of fresh water systems. Join Adam Jeziorski and Josh Thienpont as they wade through the wide variety of topics covered by this interdisciplinary field. Whether you are already an expert at collecting sediment cores and microscope identifications, or you simply have an interest in environmental issues such as acid rain, eutrophication, and climate change, this podcast will help make the natural records that surround us as clear as mud.

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Canada

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Paleolimnology is the science (and art) of reconstructing the past environments of fresh water systems. Join Adam Jeziorski and Josh Thienpont as they wade through the wide variety of topics covered by this interdisciplinary field. Whether you are already an expert at collecting sediment cores and microscope identifications, or you simply have an interest in environmental issues such as acid rain, eutrophication, and climate change, this podcast will help make the natural records that surround us as clear as mud.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 36: Just a Smidge of Midges

10/8/2021
We're back to the small picture, and in this episode we're exploring the midges used in paleolimnology: the Chironomidae and the Chaoboridae. Join us to learn a smidge about midges.

Duration:00:45:51

Ep. 35: Welcome to Paleolimnology!

9/14/2021
We're taking a short break from the small picture arc, to say welcome to all the new paleolimnology grad students out there. In the episode we share a few suggestions (from ourselves and some current students) of tips for new paleolimnologists.

Duration:00:48:37

Ep. 34: The Cladoceran Matriarchy

8/19/2021
We're back after our summer break to continue the Small Picture...this time with the Cladocera!

Duration:00:59:09

Ep. 33: Diatoms - Half Empty or Half Full?

7/12/2021
As we continue looking at the small picture we explore a great (greatest?) paleo-indicator: the diatoms!

Duration:00:51:49

Ep. 32: Pollen Counts

6/10/2021
As we move onto a new arc of episodes focusing on the small picture (a deeper dive on some important paleolimnological indicators) we'll begin by exploring why pollen counts!

Duration:00:41:46

Ep. 31: The Unbleakness Of Climate Change

5/18/2021
We complete our current arc with the most topical of topics: climate change. We discuss why we should care, how paleo can contribute to this discussion, and if there is cause to be hopeful.

Duration:00:52:40

Ep. 30: Acidification - Problem Solved?

4/27/2021
Recently the 30th anniversary of a critical treaty on acid rain was celebrated, and in this episode we explore the legacy of acidification, whether the problem is truly "solved", and the role of paleolimnology in that discussion.

Duration:00:41:40

Ep. 29: Sitting on a Gold Mine

4/1/2021
We discuss resource extraction, with a few well-known Canadian examples, and how paleolimnology can play an important role in understanding ecosystem changes.

Duration:00:54:04

Ep. 28: Cyanobacteria Blooms: A Hot Mess - with Dr. Liz Favot

3/10/2021
We are joined by a special guest host, Dr. Liz Favot from the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association, to discuss an important and topical feature of lakes, Cyanobacteria blooms.

Duration:01:00:02

Ep. 27: One Complete Varve

2/24/2021
One full varve has been deposited since we officially launched the show. So we thought it a good time to reflect on what we've accomplished so far and what we hope to do over the next year.

Duration:00:19:19

Ep. 26: Illuminating Biovectors - with Matt Duda

2/10/2021
Today we discuss how paleolimnology can track biovectors with Matthew Duda. Matthew is a PhD candidate at Queen's University and his work studying the dynamics of the world's largest colony of Leach’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates leucorhous) has led to multiple high profile publications and he is one of the recipients of this years Rob Peters Award from the Society of Canadian Limnologists.

Duration:00:56:15

Ep. 25: Defining The Anthropocene

1/13/2021
Today on Topical Paleolimnology we discuss formally recognizing the Anthropocene ("Age of Humans")as a new geological age to the history of the Earth, and the role lake sediments may play in that formal designation.

Duration:00:40:39

Ep. 24: Many Grains of Salt

12/15/2020
A new Arc on Topical Paleolimnology shifts our focus back to the present, and current environmental questions that are being addressed using sediment archives. We begin with road salt and the widespread impact the de-icing of roads is having on freshwater systems.

Duration:00:47:27

Ep. 23: Core Ideas and Smol

11/30/2020
We conclude our History of Paleolimnology arc by talking to John Smol, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change at Queen's University, about his perspectives on the growth of paleolimnology over the past four decades, including his role as founding editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology, and former chair of the IPA.

Duration:00:46:18

Ep. 22: A History of Paleolimnology - Part 4 Into the West

11/16/2020
The fourth episode in our History of Paleolimnology picks up after key questions in the acid rain debates had been definitively answered, with the discipline poised to address many other environmental issues, including climate change.

Duration:00:49:18

Ep. 21: A History of Paleolimnology - Part 3 The Road to Mordor

10/20/2020
The third episode in our History of Paleolimnology examines how a relatively young discipline tackled one of the major environmental issues of the 1970s and 1980s - acid rain.

Duration:00:52:21

Ep. 20: A History of Paleolimnology - Part 2 There and Back Again

10/1/2020
We continue our dive into the history of paleolimnology with part 2.

Duration:00:51:59

Ep. 19: A History of Paleolimnology - Part 1 The Elder Days

9/15/2020
Getting back to our roots with a real focus on the history of paleolimnology.

Duration:00:44:44

Ep. 18: Science in A Dangerous Time

9/1/2020
In the final episode of our Contagious Ideas Arc, we look at the impacts the global pandemic will have on paleolimnology, both in the short term and well into the future.

Duration:00:49:22

Ep. 17: Memeing to the Choir

8/18/2020
As our Contagious Ideas Arc continues to go viral, we embrace the meta-narrative and delve into the (love-hate) relationships between social media and science.

Duration:00:47:16