Diane Orihel is a freshwater ecologist who investigates human impacts on aquatic ecosystems through large-scale, multidisciplinary field experiments. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of British Columbia, Masters of Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Alberta, and was a Banting and Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. Currently, Diane is an Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Ecotoxicology in the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Biology at Queen’s University. Her research has focused on nutrient cycling and algal blooms in eutrophic lakes, mercury contamination of aquatic food webs, as well as the environmental fate of flame retardants, and she is now studying the effects of oil sands contaminants on amphibians. She has published in leading scientific journals, has received numerous national scholarships and awards, and was featured in the journal Nature. Diane lives in Kingston, Ontario and enjoys spending her time with family and friends in a canoe exploring our beautiful country!


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