Science Day

Thursday, October 29th

Speaker Schedule


9:00am–9:15am EST

Words Before All Else

Abraham Francis, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne- Environment Program


9:15am–10:00am EST

Kaniatarowanenneh (St. Lawrence River): Akwesasronon Relationships Across Time

Guest Speaker: Abraham Francis, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne- Environment Program

10:00am-10:40pm EST

Perspectives on the Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Freshwater Fish Biodiversity and Management

Keynote Address: Dr. Steven Cooke, Fish Ecology Expert

10:40am-12:00pm EST

Session 1: Changing World

Session Chair: Matt Windle, River Institute

Challenges and threats to the freshwater ecosystems (invasive species. climate change, pollution, water levels, sediments, genomics).

10:40am-11:00am- Lawrence Gunther, Blue Fish Canada

Consultation Report on Fish Health in the Great Lakes and Upper St. Lawrence River.


11:00am-11:20am- Jessica Taylor, Carleton University

Using evidence synthesis for improved aquatic management in a changing world.


10:20am-11:40am- Mark MacDougall, River Institute

Assessment of species of importance habitat availability in Thousand Islands National Park using satellite imagery.


11:40am-12:00pm- Catherine Paquette, WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada Watershed Reports: 2020 Reassessment



12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Lunch Break


1:00pm-1:40pm EST

Guest Speaker: Fin Donnelly, Rivershed Society of British Columbia 

Watershed CPR : A path to heal and protect the Fraser River

Healthy watersheds provide an essential role in ecosystems services which in turn benefit people and all living things. Healthy ecosystems sustain our communities and our economies.  The Rivershed Society of British Columbia is working within a Watershed CPR (conserve, protect, restore) framework to address the emergency facing the Fraser Watershed.  Watershed CPR includes a proactive, preventative, healthcare approach to critical watershed health issues. By conserving and protecting watersheds, communities may reduce, even avoid, costly restorative actions (e.g. repairing habitat, preventing flooding, species loss and pollution, etc.).  Fin will explain how the Watershed CPR framework is advancing ecosystem resilience on the Fraser. 


1:40pm-3:00pm EST

Session 2: Living Waters

Session Chair: Cristina Charette

Identifying and assessing challenges related to water quality (emergent contaminants, water levels, phytoplankton).

1:40am-2:00pm- Elizabeth Grater, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

A bacterial metabolic journey through the St. Lawrence riverscape.


2:00pm-2:20pm- Nicholas Kiulia, Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Using periphytic biofilm fatty acid profiles to monitor stream eutrophication along a nutrient-enrichment gradient in southern Quebec.


2:20pm-2:40pm- Katherine Moir, Queen’s University

Diatom responses to industrial contamination on the St. Lawrence River: Historical changes and present-day impacts.


2:40am-3:00pm- Zoe Armstrong, Queen’s University

Historic pollution impacts and subsequent recovery of benthic invertebrates in the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall, ON: a paleo-ecotoxicological approach using chironomids as bioindicators.



3:00pm-4:20pm EST

Session 3: Food Webs & Biodiversity

Session Chair: Dr. Mary Ann Perron, River Institute 

Identifying and monitoring critical habitats for ecosystem integrity and resilience (species diversity, species at risk, ecological indicators, genomics).

3:00pm-3:20pm- Bailey Bedard, University of Ottawa

Variation in habitat use and its consequences for mercury exposure in bats (Myotis lucifugus and Eptesicus fuscus).


3:20pm-3:40pm- Jacey Hall, Mohawk Counicl of Akwesasne- Environment Program

Let’s put the “We” back in wetlands: The Akwesasne Wetland Project.


3:40pm-4:00pm- Jaclyn Hill, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Evaluating the effectiveness of habitat restoration on fish communities in the Restigouche River watershed.


4:00pm-4:20pm- Amanda Nurse, University of Western Ontario

Resiliency of Great Lakes salmon to climate change.



4:20pm-4:30pm EST

Closing Ceremonies

Abraham Francis, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne- Environment Program