Lakehead University’s sustainable communities speaker series welcomes Dr. Gail Chmura

March 20, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Gail Chmura from McGill University as part of its 2018/2019 Speaker Series.

Chmura, associate professor in the department of geography at McGill, past director of Quebec’s Global Environment and Climate Change Centre, and past president of the Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society, will deliver her lecture “Money for the Mud: How Carbon Markets Can Support Conservation” on Thursday, March 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Simcoe Hall, Room 2008.

Chmura has conducted research on tidal wetlands along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and over a wide range of latitudes, from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. As a Fulbright Scholar she conducted research at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research; through a U.S. National Research Council Fellowship conducted research at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division; and, as a National Sea Grant Fellow served as legislative aide to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and the Environment.  

She was a lead author of the Coastal Wetlands chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2013 publication Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters covering topics such as tidal marsh response to sea level change, impacts of climate change and human perturbations on coastal ecosystems, and ecosystem services of natural and recovering salt marshes. Chmura’s present research is largely focused on blue carbon with projects on assessment of soil carbon stocks and rates as well as greenhouse gases fluxes in salt marshes. She has a PhD in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts.

This session is free and open to the public. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at

Media are invited to attend.

Lakehead University established the Research Centre for Sustainable Communities in 2014 to focus on interdisciplinary research that supports sustainable communities. The centre’s unconventional approach to research, with an emphasis on multi-disciplines and collaboration, will be a catalyst for research funding and community partnerships.

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