As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, David McMullin, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Institute of Biochemistry, will present Harmful Algal Blooms: Knowns and Knowledge Gaps.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

Media are invited to attend the event.

With access to upwards of 20 per cent of global freshwater, Canada is the steward for a significant amount of the planet’s resources. During the past 100 years, freshwater ecosystems have undergone widespread environmental change because of population growth, pollution, increased temperatures and habitat degradation.

A consequence of this environmental change is the increase in frequency and magnitude of toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms. These blooms release toxin mixtures into freshwater that negatively impact human and ecosystem health, wildlife and local economies. In this talk, McMullin will highlight our current understanding of harmful algal blooms and discuss existing limitations for managing their natural toxins in freshwater.

About Science Café

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of Carleton’s award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:

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613-520-2600, ext. 8834

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