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November 2, 2010
Volcanoes feed fish?
Two SFU experts agree that new research linking this year’s unprecedented Fraser River sockeye run to the eruption of an Aleutian Island volcano in Alaska has merit. Commenting on research presented at the ongoing Cohen Commission into sockeye stocks, Glyn Williams-Jones, an SFU volcanologist, says: “Volcanic ash can be extremely rich in some elements. In fact, previously published research suggests that ash may rapidly release iron on contact with seawater and thus fertilize an otherwise iron-poor area leading to phytoplankton blooms.” Adds SFU fish biologist John Reynolds, “The timing of this year’s sockeye bonanza coincided with the Alaskan volcano’s eruption. This would suggest that this year’s record run could have been a one-time event.”

Glyn Williams-Jones, 778.782.3306; glynwj@sfu.ca
John Reynolds, 778.782.5636; 604.761.1960 (cell); reynolds@sfu.ca

Heading unhappily to the polls
Americans voting in today’s midterm congressional election are expected to show their rising dissent over the Obama administration’s policy directions. The president meanwhile is steadfast in his rationale for making those policy choices. SFU political analyst Alexander Moens specializes in American politics and presidents and will be watching the story unfold.

Alexander Moens, 778.782.4361; alexander_moens@sfu.ca

Time for electrical transport
A new paper released through the Canada West Foundation and co-authored by SFU Urban Studies expert Anthony Perl urges western Canada to become a leader in electric transportation. The authors argue that Canadian transport is a major user of oil and if oil production declines as predicted, there is potential for land transport to become increasingly powered by electricity. Perl can talk about how getting on the electrical transport bandwagon before oil powered transportation grinds to a halt could lead to economic growth.

Anthony Perl, 778.782.7887; aperl@sfu.ca

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