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An oil slick on a test lake showing a reflection of a forest

This photo shows an oil slick on a test lake with the forest reflected as well

Vote for Tyler Black in the Science Exposed photo contest

June 11, 2020 — 

Public voting is open for the 2020 Science Exposed People’s Choice Award. Tyler Black has completed his master’s degree from the Clayton H Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources and is set to graduate this year. He also has a photo in the contest and needs your votes.

Tyler’s photo (number 18) shows an oil slick on a test lake. As Canada faces critical decisions on the use and distribution of energy resources, the need for strong scientific evidence is becoming clearer. We need to understand the impacts of oil spills and how to best clean them up. Whole ecosystem research on oil spills can help us understand how complex substances such as diluted bitumen, an unrefined crude oil from the Alberta oil sands, behaves in freshwater environments. We can also learn the risk bitumen poses to the fish and other organisms that live there. By adding oil to complex natural systems, like those at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario, we can test various methods of oil spill remediation under realistic conditions, to help efforts to respond to spills. Reflected in the water in this photo is the forest that surrounds the test lake. An oil sheen covers the surface as a result of the oil added experimentally.

Vote for Tyler’s photo here (click through to photo 18).

Science Exposed, organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), is devoted exclusively to showcasing images of scientific research, in all fields of study. Participants are eligible for a chance to win one of three jury prizes as well as the People’s Choice Award.

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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