Global Change and the Future of our Waters

Date Friday 13 July 2018
Time 2pm - 3pm
Where S1.02 (S Block lecture theatre), University of Waikato
Presenter Professor Warwick Vincent, Laval University, Canada
Contact Professor Troy Baisden
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Professor Warwick Vincent from Laval University, Canada will talk about his observations of climate impacts on northern Canadian waters, the implications of climate change for sustainable freshwater ecosystems throughout the world, and the urgent need for an integrated approach towards water quality management that includes human dimensions at both local and global scales.

Biography: Warwick Vincent is a professor of biology and research chair at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, where he teaches limnology (the science of inland waters) and oceanography.

Originally from New Zealand and a graduate from the University of Auckland, he obtained his PhD from the University of California Davis working on Lake Tahoe, followed by postdoctoral studies in the English Lake District.

He was field director of a research program on Lake Titicaca, Peru-Bolivia, and has worked for many years with Japanese colleagues on Lake Biwa, the drinking water supply for Kyoto. Warwick has also worked on lakes in New Zealand, Antarctica and Canada, and is on the advisory board for a lakes research chair program in Switzerland. Much of his work over the last 25 years has been on lakes and rivers in the Canadian Arctic relating to the effects of global climate change.

He has authored over 300 scientific articles and several books, most recently ‘Lakes - A Very Short Introduction’ (Oxford University Press), and has received various awards and distinctions including the Canadian Rigler Award in Limnology, the Ramon Margalef Award in education and outreach, and the Polar Science Medal from Governor General of Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and is currently in New Zealand to help with management plans for water quality of the Te Arawa lakes.

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