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THE HEALTHY HEADWATERS LAB

Dr. Catherine Febria's Research Team & Lab Group
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor, Canada

We do research on small streams to help solve big problems.  We work closely with communities and a range of decision-makers to help drive the science. We draw on robust data synthesis, empirical place-based studies and translation ecology to do our part in addressing challenges affecting freshwater around the world. 


We are committed to inclusion, diversity, kindness and curiosity as part of our commitment to science excellence and impact.

Aaniin. The University of Windsor sits on the Traditional territory of the Three Fires confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. We acknowledge and respect the longstanding relationships with First Nations people in this place in the 100-mile Windsor-Essex peninsula and the straits – les détroits – of Detroit. Miigwech.

 

LATEST UPDATES

OUR TEAM IS GROWING!

Welcome Destiny to our team! We are realising our vision to build and strengthen relationships with Bkejwanong Territory's Nin Da Waab Jig Heritage Centre. Our team is growing, watch this space!

INTRODUCING NEW SCIBLOG SERIES ON KINDNESS IN SCIENCE

Join the movement to change science culture, starting with Kindness in Science. Our SciBlogs just launched. Check it out here

AGRICULTURAL STREAM RESTORATION - CAREX RESOURCES FREE FOR DOWNLOAD

After five years of experimentation and partnership, we've learned a lot about stream restoration in Canterbury, New Zealand.  Visit our library of free(!) public resources here.

WE DID IT!  TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE & THE ENVIRONMENT FIELD COURSE

Miigwech to our friends, elders & partners at Bkejwanong Walpole Island First Nation & Nindawaabjig Heritage Centre who helped make our first TEK field course a success. Read more about it on our Blog!

NSERC DIMENSIONS CHARTER & PROGRAM LAUNCHES. WE'RE HIRING A EDI POSTDOC.

Canada has just launched the Dimensions Program and Charter. Stay tuned for updates on our growing EDI and indigenization initiatives in our lab, and across the university.

 

ONGOING RESEARCH

We pursue scientific research on headwater ecosystems that is strategic, holistic & collaborative.  Here are a few projects we have on the go...

NEW! CANADA NATURE FUND FOR AQUATIC SPECIES AT RISK (2019-2023)

We are partnering with researchers and practitioners across the Lower Great Lakes Basin to restore critical habitats for freshwater aquatic species at risk, and their habitats. We focus our efforts on Bkewanong Territory, and we are working together with the Walpole Island Heritage Centre (NinDaWaabJig), the Pitcher Lab & others to focus on ecosystem-approaches to species conservation. Watch this space!

HEALTHY HEADWATERS: CONNECTING SMALL & LOCAL TO WHOLE ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION

Headwater ecosystems - drains, wetlands, streams & their interfaces between surface and groundwater - are underexplored yet restoration actions often seek to mimic their attributes and restore their functions across a landscape. Our lab emphasizes place-based research in Canada, USA and NZ and we are also part of the global 1000 intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams collaborative.  See our Publication list for more.

REIGNITING HEALTHY RESILIENCE: APPLYING FUNCTIONAL TRAITS TO STREAM RESTORATION (2017-2019+)

What is driving biological recovery in freshwater ecosystems?  We take a holistic, food web approach to addressing unhealthy resilience in stream ecosystems.  This project is based in Aotearoa New Zealand as part of NZ's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.  We are integrating trait information for multiple trophic levels into a single framework for testing mechanisms and tools underpinning restoration resistance.

Learn more about this crazy and ambitious science programme here.

RESTORATION OF AGRICULTURAL WATERWAYS IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND (2013-2018)

Kia ora te wai mai i uta ki tai - Let the water be healthy from mountains to the sea. The Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (2013-2018) implemented a region-wide test of practical options to address agricultural waterway issues: nuisance weeds, excessive fine sediments and nutrients, and low biodiversity. 

Public resources can be accessed here and general information about the project is here.

We engage in communicating science with decision-makers at a global level. This includes science synthesis as part of the IPBES assessments and development of early career science-policy experts through the Fellows program.

BETTER OUTCOMES, BETTER SCIENCE

Kindness in Science is an inclusive approach that fosters diversity, respect, wellbeing and openness leading to better science outcomes. We are involved with initiatives to create dialogue and tools across science communities locally and around the world.

 

CONTACT US

Healthy Headwaters Lab

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)

University of Windsor

2990 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9C 1A2

Mailing address: GLIER, 2601 Union Street, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4

 
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