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Karen Neil

Contact Information

Ph.D. candidate - Candidat au Ph.D.
Laboratory for Paleoclimatology and Climatology
Department of Geography
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1287 (Lab.)
Fax: 613-562-5145
E-mail: kneil079@uottawa.ca

Current Research interests

  • Ecosystem responses to Holocene Climate Variability
  • Terrestrial (pollen) and aquatic (diatom) proxy indicators
  • Regional synchronicity of paleoenvironmental reconstructions in southern Québec
  • Local- to regional- scale paleodroughht events

Academic Background

  • September 2013 - present
    Ph.D. in Geography
    Thesis: Ecosystem Responses to Holocene Climate Variability Through the Analysis of High-Resolution Lake Sediment Cores from Southwestern Québec, Canada

  • January 2012 - July 2013 M.Sc in Geography
    Thesis: Human-Ecosystem Interactions in Relation to Holocene Climate Change in Port Joli Harbour, Southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada

  • January 2009 - December 2011
    Honours B.A. Major in Geography and Minor in Biology

  • September 2006 - December 2008
    DEC in Social Science wtih Psychology

Publications and Citations

  • Neil, K., Gajewski, K., Betts, M. 2014. Human-ecosystem interactions in relation to Holocene environmental change in Port Joli Harbour, Southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Quaternary Research, 81(2), pg. 203-212.

  • Neil, K., Gajewski, K. Paleoenvironmental Context for Environmental Changes in the Port Joli Region of Nova Scotia. In: Betts, M. [Accepted October 18th, 2013]. E’se’get: The Archaeology of Ancient Mi’kmaw Lifeways in Port Joli Harbour. Ottawa, ON: CMC/University of Ottawa Press, pg. 1-15.

  • Neil, K. 2014. Prestauroneis integra. In Diatoms of the United States. http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/species/prestauroneis_integra


  • Neil, K., Gajewski, K. (2013). Palynological study of postglacial environmental change in the Port Joli region, Nova Scotia, Canada. GSA Northeastern Section, Bretton Woods, NH. March 18-20, 2013. National Conference. Poster presentation.

  • Neil, K., Gajewski, K. (2013). A Paleoecological Study of the Acadian Forest of Port Joli, Southwestern Nova Scotia during the Holocene. Ontario-Quebec Paleolimnology Symposium (PALS), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. May 15-17, 2013. International Conference. Oral presentation.

  • Neil, K., Gajewski, K. (2013). High-resolution paleoecological study of human-ecosystem interactions in relation to Holocene environmental change in Port Joli Harbour, Southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. International Biogeography Society, Montreal, QC. November 15-17, 2013. International Conference. Poster presentation.

International Events

  • 2014 (May 19th to June 13th)
    "Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms" Summer Course
    Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Iowa

  • 2014
    13th International Swiss Climate Summer School - "Linking land use, land cover and climate"
    Grindelwald, Switzerland

Teaching Assistantships

  • GEG1301 – The Physical Environment
  • GEG1302 – Places and Spaces of Human Activity
  • GEG2108 – Contested Places
  • GEG2304 – Climatology
  • GEG2918 – Field Camp I
  • GEG3101 – Advanced Geomorphology
  • GEG3505 – Télédétections
  • ENV1101 – Global Environmental Challenges

Professional and Academic Affiliations

  • May 2014 - Present: GSAED Council Representative for the Geagraphy Graduate Student Association
  • Taxon contributor on the Diatoms of the United States website

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