Thursday, August 20, 2020

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Congratulations to Sondra!

Friday afternoon November 27 Sondra successfully defended her doctoral thesis: Learning from Experience to Advance the Operationalization of Integrated Coastal and Marine Management. 

Sondra’s exam committee was: Dr. Kelly Vodden (External Examiner; Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Studies, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University), Dr. Rob Stephenson (Internal/External Committee Member; Senior Research Scientist, DFO-Saint Andrews Biological Station), Dr. Derek Armitage, Dr. Rob de Loë and Dr. Simon Courtenay.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sondra and Simon contribute to a book chapter on ‘bright spots’ of integrated management for the OceanCanada Partnership

Sondra, a PhD candidate in Courtenay Lab, recently co-led a collaborative book chapter for an OceanCanada Partnership book initiative with Dr. Rob Stephenson (Expected publication in 2021). Sondra’s supervisor Dr. Simon Courtenay was included among the eight other co-authors from across Canada. The book chapter focuses on the ‘bright spots’ in integrated management of Canada's oceans and coasts. The chapter evaluates seven integrative initiatives to summarize lessons for future practice significant for aligning long-term sustainability, management, and community development.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mark's PRIMER Workshop Experience

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This past week, Master’s student Mark McCarthy participated in an online workshop on PRIMER v7 statistical software presented by Distinguished Professor Marti Anderson. The workshop was originally scheduled for the spring at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Unfortunately, this was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The workshop was rescheduled to be online. Although it was disappointing that the workshop was not held in beautiful New Brunswick, it is good to see that we can adapt to these uncertain times and keep moving forward.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

"Every drop of this river is another good, good day"

An 8-ft long glass tile mosaic sturgeon is filled with various examples of plastic waste affixed onto cardboard scales

By Elaine Ho

Nothing about a river is straight, nor is its management straightforward. I quickly learned from my exploratory research, evaluating monitoring indicators in the Muskoka River Watershed, that the supposedly simple task of generating a list of environmental indicators for monitoring watershed health was more about social equity, communication, organizational capacity and partnerships, than it was about managing the watershed – at least at that stage in the monitoring program’s development.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Effluent from an abandoned gas well affects benthic macroinvertebrates in Big Creek, Norfolk County

field staff sampling biotic communities in stream

By Christine Neilsen

Natural gas reservoirs were first discovered in Ontario in 1866, and drilling to extract the new source of energy began in the early 1900s. Since then, thousands of natural gas wells have been drilled in southwestern Ontario. As extraction became inefficient due to the depletion of gas reservoirs, many of these wells were abandoned.