WaterTalk: This year’s model – crafting better predictions in the reference condition approach to bioassessment of freshwater ecosystemsExport this event to calendar

Thursday, March 4, 2021 — 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST

WaterTalksAs part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture seriesRobert Bailey, Professor in the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University, presents, "This year’s model – crafting better predictions in the reference condition approach to bioassessment of freshwater ecosystems."

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Since the 60s, bioassessment of freshwater ecosystems has evolved from indicator species and biotic indices to complex predictive models. However, Dr. Bailey will argue that predictive modeling has stagnated, with too much attention on statistical correlation and not enough on building strong conceptual models using big (e.g. Landsat imagery) and “small” (e.g. taxon co-occurrence) data to describe multi-scale processes. He’ll illustrate this with recent work on the nearshore Great Lakes and Yukon streams RCA programs.
 

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Robert BaileyAfter doing his Bachelors and Masters at the University of Guelph, and a “pre-doc” at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto, Robert did a PhD on freshwater mussels at the Western University in the late 80s and then stayed on at Western as a professor for more than 20 years. During this time, he worked with Trefor Reynoldson and Richard Norris to develop and refine the Reference Condition Approach (RCA) to bioassessment of freshwater ecosystems. With colleagues and students, he has applied RCA in assessing the effects of human activity on streams in Canada from placer gold mining in the Yukon to intensive agriculture in southwestern Ontario to former coal mining areas in Cape Breton. After a decade in senior university administration, Robert is back to being what he calls a “real prof” again, focusing on new ways to model biological change in freshwater ecosystems with big data from remote sensing and GIS. He is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University.


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