International award recognizes outstanding teaching
John Smol recently received the Ramon Margalef Award for Excellence in Education from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the same organization that recognized his research excellence five years ago. ASLO is the main international scientific society for limnologists and oceanographers.
“Research and teaching are intimately linked and make up the joint mission of the university. I have always sought to balance both during my academic career,” says Dr. Smol, a professor in the Department of Biology and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.
He is recognized by his students and colleagues as an enthusiastic, engaging and dedicated professor, supervisor and public speaker. His engaging lectures help inspire students and researchers to pursue their passion in the field of limnology.
Dr. Smol received the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from ASLO in 2007 for his excellence in research. He also received one of Canada’s highest teaching awards, the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, in 2009, and recently was named Canada’s top mid-career science mentor by Nature Magazine.
He will accept his latest honour at the ASLO conference in Japan this summer.