Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Isabelle Domaizon
French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France
Lecture Title: Application of DNA-based methods in paleolimnology: new opportunities for investigating long-term changes in lacustrine biodiversity

Isabelle Domaizon is Director of Research at INRA CARRTEL (alpine center of research on Lake ecosystems and food webs) in Thonon les bains, France. Her main research interests covered in lake ecology, such as plankton diversity and food web organization as well as the impacts of climate and humans on lacustrine biodiversity and lake functioning. A particular focus of her research is on the development and application of DNA methods in limnology and paleolimnology. Applications include characterizing the microbial communities and how they vary in time and space in response to local and global forcings.
Jennifer B. Korosi
Department of Geography, York University, Canada
Lecture Title: Building a Long-Term Perspective into Ecotoxicological Research

Jennifer Korosi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at York University, Canada. Her research integrates ecological and biogeochemical proxies preserved in sediment cores to understand the complex drivers of long-term environmental change in Canadian lakes. This includes ongoing projects investigating the impacts of mining and oil and gas activities on northern boreal lakes within a multi-stressor context, and studies on the limnological implications of permafrost thaw across Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Jennifer Jane Scott
Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Lecture Title: An integrated approach to recognizing lake cycles and their controls: using trace fossils and stratigraphy in lake basins from Kenya and North America

Jenni Scott uses trace fossils and sedimentology, integrated with other evidence (e.g., mineralogy, paleoecology, geochemistry), to study depositional environments in tectonically active rift and foreland lake basins. She investigates sediment-organism interactions in extreme settings of saline lake basins, such as the Green River Formation and the Kenya Rift. Now an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, she focuses on complex stratigraphic packages with mixed salinities in marginal environments of marine and lake basins. Ultimately, she aims to decipher the climatic, tectonic, and hydrochemical controls on lake-basin successions.
John Anderson
Loughborough University, England (currently guest professor at CIRC, Umeå University)
Lecture Title: Monotheism and the future of palaeolimnology

John Anderson is a Professor of Physical Geography at Loughborough University, UK, and presently holds the HM King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship of Environmental Science 2017-2018, during which time he is at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University, Sweden. His research interests presently focus on carbon dynamics in lakes at a range of spatial and temporal scales, much of this work is done in SW Greenland. He is particularly interested in understanding the drivers of ecological change in remote lakes, especially the effects of reactive nitrogen, and moving beyond the limitations of the “climate change” nexus.
Susan Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lecture Title: The Critical Role of Chronology in Understanding Past Climate Change

Susan Zimmerman is a Staff Scientist at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of climate variability in the western U.S. over the last 10,000 to 100,000 years, using sedimentary, geochemical, and other proxies in lake sediments to reconstruct the past. Robust, high-precision chronologies are the foundation for accurate paleoclimatic reconstructions, and so much of her work focuses on improving radiocarbon age models and integration with other chronology techniques, in order to reconstruct spatial patterns and define lead-lag relationships of past climate changes.
Andy Cohen, Bradley Medal awardee
University of Arizona
Lecture Title: The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: How lakebeds are reshaping our understanding of the environmental context of human origins

Andrew Cohen is a Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and Joint Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. His main research interests are in the paleoecological reconstruction of lakes on a variety of time-scales from cores and outcrops in the East African Rift Valley, western North America and in South America. He has been heavily involved in the development of continental scientific drilling as a tool for obtaining long paleoenvironmental records from ancient lakes. He is the author of “Paleolimnology: History and Evolution of Lake Systems”.