Bringing climate-change lessons out of the lab

Award-winning McGill researcher to share environmental insights through video series, social media
Published: 3 April 2013
McGill University Biology Professor Catherine Potvin, a renowned expert on climate change and tropical-forest ecology, will begin sharing insights from her laboratory’s research through a novel series of videos to be made available online starting this week.

For the past two decades, Prof. Potvin and her students have collaborated closely with indigenous communities in Panama, sharing knowledge and working with them to improve their livelihoods -- while avoiding deforestation. Now, as Quebec and Canada look increasingly to develop their own resource frontiers, Prof. Potvin is reaching beyond the classroom to promote informed public discussion of the environmental consequences of resource exploitation.

Acting as reporter, cameraman and producer, Prof. Potvin uses smartphone technology to take viewers on a journey into the laboratory and out into the field, to help them understand the dynamics of climate change and the role of forests. Among the themes to be covered in coming weeks:

• the role of CO2 in the atmosphere and carbon in forests
• tropical ecology
• the consequences of climate change
• potential solutions

Videos and photographs will be posted each week on the new McGill-at-work Facebook page
Visit the page on April 8 to see the second video.

Prof. Potvin was awarded the Royal Society of Canada’s 2012 Miroslaw Romanowski Medal, for scientific work relating to environmental problems. For more information on her research, visit:

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