10 August 2010

Canada’s Waterscapes National Lecture Series: Second in Series Begins This Week


In connection with Canada’s Waterscapes – Yours to Enjoy, Explore and Protect exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum, Dr. Karen Kidd, Ph.D., will deliver the second in a series of three national lectures relating to Canada’s waterscapes, this Thursday evening, August 12 at 7 pm at the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John.  (FREE Admission/English presentation)

Dr. Kidd’s lecture, titled Why Small Amounts of Pollution Can Cause Big Problems for Fish in Canada, will identify some of the persistent and non-persistent chemicals in our rivers and lakes that threaten fish and cause concern for fish-eaters. Even trace amounts of these contaminants can cause reproductive problems for fish. Find out how and why, and also what can be done about these pollutants.

Dr. Karen Kidd is the Canada Research Chair and Professor of Biology, Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick.

About Dr. Karen Kidd

Karen Kidd has been a Canada Research Chair and Professor of Biology at the Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick in Saint John, New Brunswick since 2004.  Before this move she worked for 6 years as a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Karen received her B.Sc. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology and Ecology from the University of Alberta.  For the past two decades her research has focused on understanding how human activities affect freshwater systems.  Her group looks at lakes, wetlands and rivers to understand whether discharges from municipalities or industries or runoff from agriculture affects the numbers and health of fish and their food supply.

Dr. Kidd is also interested in how and why contaminants like mercury, pesticides, and industrial chemicals concentrate up through food webs into fish in tropical lakes in Africa and in temperate and arctic lakes across Canada.  She recently led a whole lake experiment to understand the effects of the estrogen used in birth control pills (and released in municipal wastewaters) on fish populations and their supporting food web.  A paper published in 2007 showing the collapse of a fish population in this lake received incredible media coverage and resulted in the study being included as one of the Top 100 Science News Stories of 2007 by Discover magazine.  In addition to her research, she has been promoting environmental research to the public as a Science Communication Fellow for Environmental Health News, and learning how to fly fish.

The final lecture in the series will be presented on Thursday, August 26 at 7pm by Dr. Donald McAlpine, entitled “Frogwater: parasites, deformed frogs, and other bizarre stuff that swims in the water you might drink”.

The RBC National Lecture Series, Voices: A Canadian Perspective on Water, aims to bring notable experts to venues across Canada to speak on water issues. The lectures are recorded for audio podcast and will be made available at Canadian Museum of Nature to ensure the greatest reach possible.

Canada's Waterscapes exhibition continues at the New Brunswick Museum until September 6, 2010.

Canada’s Waterscapes exhibition has been produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with Parks Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), RBC Blue Water Project, and the Canadian Water Network, with support from Canadian Geographic.

New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre, 1 Market Square, Saint John, New Brunswick, Tel: (506) 643-2300 or 1 888 268 9595

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