Canadian Water Network Scientific Director
519-888-4567, ext. 35796
Office: Environment 2, Room 2046A
Simon is interested in the uses that fish and invertebrates make of aquatic ecosystems from freshwater streams through rivers to the ocean and particularly estuaries, where the rivers meet the sea. Simon’s research involves students at all levels from undergraduate to postdoctoral fellow. Past research has included describing where and when striped bass spawn in the Miramichi River estuary and how some species of fish leave the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and move into the estuaries to overwinter. Other students have looked at how this aquatic ecology is affected by human activities including pulp and paper production, seafood processing, construction of breakwaters, commercial peat moss harvesting and offshore oil and gas production. Presently Simon serves as the Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network which is based at the University of Waterloo. Within CWN Simon is contributing to a program to develop monitoring tools and frameworks in support of cumulative effects assessment for watersheds. In the Northumberland Strait region students are examining fish, invertebrates, eelgrass, sea lettuce, and waterborne nutrients and oxygen as potential indicators of estuarine health. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability are coordinating the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/CAMP) in which volunteers sample estuarine fish, invertebrates and water quality throughout the summer months. In Saint John Harbour other students are caging mussels and sampling sand shrimp to assess the health of the harbour.