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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. 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

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

Ep. 16: Open Relationships

7/21/2020
This time we continue our exploration of Contagious Ideas within paleolimnology with a look at the Open Access movement and its mission to reduce/remove the barriers to scientific research.

Duration:00:51:39

Ep. 15: Words on Paper

7/7/2020
With many people at home working on writing papers, some for the first time, this week we discuss the slightly peculiar process of scientific writing and review.

Duration:01:02:20

Ep. 14: Ex-citation

6/23/2020
In this episode of Core Ideas, we continue our exploration of the spread of Contagious Ideas by asking what qualifies as a historically significant paper? Despite all the problems associated with distilling nebulous concepts into a single metric, we do it anyway, and examine paleolimnology using citation counts.

Duration:00:48:36

Ep. 13: No Plan(et)B

6/5/2020
On this episode, the first in Arc 3 on "Contagious Ideas", building on the last episode on (the lack of) paleolimnology in popular media, we discuss the history of environmental awareness and activism from a western view, and how this has changed over time.

Duration:01:00:38

Ep. 12: Popular Paleolimnology

5/15/2020
In episode 12 of the Core Ideas podcast we begin to explore paleolimnology, and the questions paleolimnology can address, in the popular media. We briefly consider how news and other media have covered environmental topics such as eutrophication, acidification, climate change, and other emerging stressors, like road salt application.

Duration:00:57:19

Ep. 11: Joining the Illuminati - A Paleolimnology Perspective

4/30/2020
In this episode of Core Ideas, we continue Into the Weeds of paleolimnology by examining some of the not-so-secret societies and associations that count many paleolimnologists among their membership.

Duration:00:54:04

Ep. 10: The Questions We Ask - with Prof. Jenny Korosi

4/22/2020
In the 10th episode of the Core Ideas podcast we welcome a special guest for the first time. Jennifer Korosi is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at York University, where her research uses paleolimnological methods to answer a range of research questions related to environmental change across Canada. In this episode, continuing our arc going "Into the Weeds", we explore the way in which paleolimnologists frame their research questions, including establishing baseline...

Duration:00:49:16

Ep. 09: A Study of Graduate Studies

4/13/2020
This week on the Core Ideas podcast our journey Into the Weeds of paleolimnology continues with a look at the graduate student experience. Using our own experiences we explore questions like: Why try research? What is the difference between BSc, MSc and PhD projects? Does it matter whether you join a large or small lab group? We even touch on what it means to be a postdoc...

Duration:00:57:33

Ep. 08: Computational Time

4/3/2020
The second episode of our Into the Weeds podcast arc covers how important advances in computing during the late 1970s and early 1980s were to paleolimnology. Increased access to personal computers, prompted rapid developments in statistical tools and software. Many of the programs and approaches commonly used in the analysis of sediment cores have their roots in this time period. We also appreciate how things seem to have come full circle, as the command line interface and DIY approach to...

Duration:00:49:10