Learn about groundbreaking new research into oil spills at the world’s freshwater laboratory

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Vince Palace

April 8, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont. 

On Monday, April 15 at 7 pm in ATAC 1001 at Lakehead University, scientists will explain how they are rolling out the second stage of groundbreaking new research into the impact of oil spills on lakes and shorelines.

The scientists are conducting this research just six hours west of Thunder Bay at IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), the world's freshwater laboratory.

Vince Palace, IISD-ELA’s head research scientist, will present the research and explain why we can always understand more about the impact of pipeline spills on bodies of fresh water. He will also explain how IISD-ELA is carrying out the research and what safety precautions they are taking.

Then they want to hear from you by taking questions, comments and concerns from any member of the public who attends. The presentation is open to all who wish to attend.


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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and in 2018 Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.


IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s freshwater laboratory. A series of 58 lakes and their watersheds in northwestern Ontario, Canada, IISD-ELA is the only place in the world where scientists can research on and manipulate real lakes to build a more accurate and complete picture of what human activity is doing to freshwater lakes. The findings from its 50 years of ground-breaking research have rewritten environmental policy around the world—from mitigating algal blooms to reducing how much mercury gets into our waterways—and aim to keep fresh water clean around the world for generations to come. Visit www.iisd.org/ela.