He founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL). The author or editor of 21 books and over 450 journal publications and book chapters, Smol is an international lecturer and media commentator on a variety of topics, but most dealing with environmental issues. From 1987 to 2007, he edited the Journal of Paleolimnology.
Since 2004, he has been editor of the journal Environmental Reviews.
He is the series editor of the Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research book series. He is currently Chair of the International Paleolimnology Association.
Among dozens of other awards and fellowships, he is the recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, given by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) to honour Canada’s top scientist or engineer Smol works on a diverse range of subjects, most of which focus on using lake sediments to reconstruct past environmental trends.
Topics include: lake acidification caused by acid rain, sewage input and fertilizer runoff (eutrophication).
Studies of contaminant transport. And a large program on climatic change. Foreign about three decades, he has been leading research in the high Arctic, studying the present-day ecology of polar lakes and ponds, and then using paleolimnological approaches to determine how these ecosystems have been changing due to natural and anthropogenic stressors. and Stoermer, East.F.
, Schindler, Doctorate.W., Dillon, P.J., Vincent, West.F., Hecky, R., Carpenter, South.R., Likens, General Electric, and Moss, B. Op-ed in the Globe and Mail, available on line June 5.