New Climate Change / Trout Research

Since 2014, researchers at Queens and York Universities have been developing tools for forecasting the impact of climate change and other human activities on Lake Trout lakes in Ontario.

The research will begin with understanding the past primarily through lake sediment coring, which will then provide the data to build models for present day conditions. The final step will be to develop comprehensive models for forecasting future conditions. These forecasting models will provide a new toolset for lake and resource managers to better understand and manage our lakes.

The research focus will be on a set of lakes (including Lake of the Woods) with naturally-reproducing lake trout populations, and that fall into at least one of the following categories: there is significant shoreline development pressure or agriculture in the watershed; there have been long-term changes in dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations; they are near or below the provincial guidelines for DO; they are of current management concern for water quality, or have experienced recent algal blooms.

FOCA is pleased to be a communications partner in this important research.

This work is supported through a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


“We’re basically reshuffling the deck with all of these multiple stressors happening simultaneously”

John Smol, Queen’s University biologist and a Principle Investigator on this project


Watch this 2-minute Youtube video, to hear Dr. Smol discuss how the history of lakes are important in understanding the present, and can help tell the story of our future.

August 12, 2016 – Wildlife, Plants feel the heat – Smol (Belleville Intelligencer)

July 20, 2016 Managing lake trout lakes in a warming world: a paleolimnological assessment of nutrients and lake production at three Ontario sites (Abstract; Lake and Reservoir Management)

Terry ReesNew Climate Change / Trout Research