CATHERINE M. FEBRIA, PHD
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) & Assistant Professor in Freshwater Restoration Ecology
Co-Director, GLIER Organic Analysis & Nutrient Facility
2013-2018: Director & Scientist - Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
2015-2018: IPBES Fellow (Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment)
2013-2018: Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland (USA)
PhD Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. University of Toronto
Collaborative certificates: Environmental Studies, and, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
MSc Geography, Simon Fraser University
BSc Environmental Science, University of Toronto
CANDY DONALDSON, BSC
Director - Indigenous Allyship Program
Research Associate - Community & Translation
Candy directs the vision of our new Indigenous Allyship program and is a co-mentor to our emerging indigenous scientists on our team and beyond. She co-leads our projects and partnerships with indigenous communities. Candy is a natural Water protector, science communicator and relationship builder. Sharing the Healthy Headwaters vision of inclusion, diversity, kindness and curiosity in Science with First Nations, students, government, and greater community is a role that speaks to her heart.
JESS IVES, MSC
Research Associate - Research Facilitator
Jess manages the Healthy Headwaters research programs, facilitates collaborations with our partners and the launch our new farmer research advisory board. She has a background in highly collaborative work in the Great Lakes basin – most recently as the Lake Erie Millennium Coordinator, and previously with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, where she administered the Fishery Research Program and the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observing System (GLATOS). She is the co-founder of the African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) and on the Editorial board of the Journal of Great Lakes Research.
ALYSSA FRAZAO, MSC
Stream Ecology & Biomonitoring Technician
Alyssa is the lab's stream ecology and benthic biomonitoring guru. Alyssa's recently-completed Masters thesis evaluated invertebrate community composition in slow-flowing waterways that make up the Clay Plains region of southwestern Ontario. She determined which protocol most effectively and efficiently was conducive to bioassessment of these habitats. She is also an artist, visit her site here.
JESS OWEN, MSC
Research Associate - GLIER Organic Analysis & Nutrient Facility
Jess helps run the Organic Analysis and Nutrient Lab (OANL). Jess is also a research associate involved with projects such as the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk based at Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) and one of our first recruits into the lab's Indigenous Allyship program.
Research Associate - Senior Agricultural Advisor
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Jim is a former farmer, farming industry specialist and expert who is helping lead the formation of a farmer's research advisory board.
Nin Da Waab Jig Project Coordinator
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Destiny is a student at the University of Windsor and coordinator of the Bkejwanong EcoYouth program. She plays a key role in the development and coordination of our lab's research with Nin Da Waab Jig (Walpole Island Heritage Centre) and the Walpole Island Land Trust. She works between the University of Windsor and Bkejwanong Territory on research efforts to support the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk and our lab's Indigenous Allyship program.
KATRINA KEESHIG, BARTS
Research Partnership Coordinator, NinDaWaabJig Heritage Centre
Photo coming soon! Katrina is an expert in fish and wildlife management, including working with species at risk. She plays a central role in guiding and developing our Indigenous Allyship Program. Katrina's main role is to facilitate and foster a research partnership with Walpole Island Land Trust & NinDaWaabJig Heritage Centre made possible through our Canada Nature Fund grant.
JESSICA ROBSON (co-supervised w K. Drouillard)
CHANNELL THOMS (2017-2020)
Thesis: "Kekewai (Paranephrops sp) and kākahi (Echyridella sp.) as sources of mahinga kai and indicators for stream restoration". University of Canterbury; Co-supervised with Prof. Jon Harding & Prof. John Pirker
ISSIE (ISABELLE) BARRETT (PHD 2017-2020) "Re-igniting healthy resilience: Using traits to achieve stream restoration". University of Canterbury; Co-supervisors Prof. Angus McIntosh & Dr. Helen Warburton. Funded by NZ Biological Heritage Challenge
ROLAND EVELEENS, BSC
Roland is an MSc student investigating whether a whole ecosystem approach can be used to better conserve and restore freshwater mussels species in the Lower Great Lakes as part of the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk project based at Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation). Originally from New Zealand, his research interests are focused around using community ecology knowledge to better inform successful freshwater management and restoration.
Thesis title: Using ecosystem approaches to restore species a risk: a freshwater mussel case study in the Lower Great Lakes
LAUREN WELLER, BSC
Lauren is researching the role agricultural conservation measures play in improving water quality, improving soil health and maximising ecosystem services in agriculturally impacted landscapes. Originally from South Africa, but now resident in Canada, Lauren spent 10 years working as an environmental manager in the mining industry before returning to academia. Lauren's research interests include freshwater systems, conservation agriculture and GIS/Spatial tools.
Thesis title: A study of actions, interactions and impacts of agricultural conservation measures on soil and freshwater ecosystems at both the watershed and field scales in Essex County.
Undergraduate Volunteer & Lab Storyteller
Photo & Bio coming soon!