Environmental Monitoring Protocols for Phosphorus Monitoring in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Re

The research project as suggested by Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO designated site) is to assess their current Nutrient Monitoring Protocols, with specific emphasis on Phosphorus Monitoring. Phosphorus plays a crucial role in water quality and ecosystem function, and therefore requires further research into methods of environmental monitoring. The aim is to identify what additional water quality tests would need to be included in protocols to most effectively determine stressors and/or indicators related to elevated total phosphorus concentrations. The research projects includes an academic review of current literature related to nutrient monitoring, field testing protocols, analyzing current protocols, as well as a final report of suggested amendments to protocols presented to GBBR and stakeholders.

Faculty Supervisor:

Graham Whitelaw


Emily Corbett


Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve


Environmental sciences


Management of companies and enterprises


Queen's University



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