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Genevieve Ali
B.Sc. Honours, Université de Montréal; Ph.D., Université de Montréal

Area of expertise: Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, conceptual and numerical hydrological modelling
Areas of specialization: Watershed-scale water, sediment and nutrient connectivity; phosphorus dynamics in soils; geochemical tracer studies (major ions); isotope biogeochemistry; hydrometric data monitoring; water-quality monitoring; environmental modelling (including precipitation-runoff modelling, soil water and groundwater modelling and geospatial modelling); landscape classification
Current research: Sustainable forest and agro-ecosystems in across Canada, the United States and elsewhere. Special focus on hydrobiogeochemical consequences of artificial drainage (surface ditches and subsurface tiles); agricultural water retention; conservation and restoration of wetland hydrological and biogeochemical function; hydrologic predictions in ungauged or data-poor regions; best management practice (BMP) scenario modelling; and environmental change scenario modelling.

 

Greg Brunksill
BA, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, So. Dak., 1963; Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1968

Areas of expertise: Limnology, chemical oceanography, sedimentation history, radiochemistry, biogeochemistry.
Areas of specialization: Lake Winnipeg in 1969-74, ELA, Mackenzie River runoff chemistry and erosion rates into the Beaufort Sea, Chemical oceanography and sedimentation in coastal regions, saltpans, and wetlands of northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Field of interest: Since retiring in 2006, Greg has been taking care of his tropical fruit trees, vegetable gardens, laying hens and trying to avoid scientific responsibilities.

 

Gordon Goldsborough
PhD (Aquatic Ecology) University of Manitoba; member of the International Society of Limnology and the Society of Wetland Scientists

Area of expertise: Wetland ecology.
Areas of specialization: Impacts of altered hydrology; invasive species; chemical contaminants on the algae and plant communities of freshwater coastal wetlands.
Current research: Response of Delta Marsh to large-scale exclusion of Common Carp; use of floating cattail platforms for phosphorus sequestration; morphometric analysis of change over time in Netley-Libau Marsh; chemical and physical correlates with algal toxins in Lake Winnipeg.

 

Brenda Hann
Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Area of expertise: Limnology and aquatic invertebrate biology.
Areas of specialization: Taxonomy of Cladocera, zooplankton, benthos and littoral zone ecology of invertebrates.
Current research: Taxonomy of Cladocera, zooplankton, benthos and littoral zone ecology of invertebrates.

 

Robert Hecky
B.Sc. Kent State University, Ph.D. Duke University; McKnight Endowed Presidential Professor of Lake Ecology, University of Minnesota (Emeritus); Currently editor of the Journal of Great Lakes Research

Area of expertise: Lake ecology.
Area of specialization: Algal ecology and productivity and food-web dynamics.
Field of Interest: Ecology and limnology of Great Lakes.

 

Ray Hesslein
BA Columbia University, New York, NY. 1971; Ph.D., Geology, Columbia University, New York, NY. 1976

Areas of expertise: Biogeochemistry and limnology.
Area of specialization: Geochemistry, physics, biology of lakes, stable isotopes, dynamic modeling and greenhouse gases.
Current Research: Carbon and other nutrient cycling, whole lake modeling, and greenhouse gas production in lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

 

Scott Higgins
Ph.D. University of Waterloo, 2005; M.Sc. University of Waterloo, 1999; B.Sc. University of Manitoba, 1996

Area of expertise: Limnology.
Areas of specialization: Algal ecology and metabolism, aquatic invasive species and ecosystem ecology.
Current research: The use of autonomous sensors for assessing water quality and ecosystem metabolism, the effects of climate change on boreal lake ecosystems and the effects of nanosilver on lake metabolism.

 

Hedy Kling
BSc University of Brandon, 1969; MSc in Botany, University of Manitoba 1997; numerous international workshops and courses on phytoplankton, cyanobacteria, diatom, chlorophyte and chrysophyte taxonomy

Areas of expertise: Phytoplankton and algal taxonomy and ecology.
Areas of specialization: Phytoplankton in lakes, reservoirs and rivers in central Canadian lakes, Great Lakes and the central arctic –  particularly species of Chrysophytes, planktonic diatoms and cyanobacteria.
Current Research: Hedy works as a freelance consultant and owns a small consulting company, Algal Taxonomy and Ecology Inc. She is specifically interested in phytoplankton taxonomy, the ecology of different species and their role as indicators of the health of the lake or aquatic ecosystem.

 

Lyle Lockhart
B.Sc from the University of Western Ontario, 1965;  M.Sc in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario, 1967; Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario in 1971

Area of expertise: Trace contaminants in water, animals,and sometimes plants; evolution, toxicology and biochemistry.
Areas of specialization: The presence of mercury in the fish, other organisms and sediments. 
Field of interest: Lyle is interested in developing the mercury story in Lake Winnipeg. At the moment, he is consumed with cottage carpentry, basement renovations, trying to read Ulysses and trying (pretty unsuccessfully so far) to photograph bumble bees.

 

Nancy Loadman
B.Sc. Hons.;  M.Sc.; Instructor in the biology department at the Richardson College for the Environment, University of Winnipeg for 32 years; has taught undergraduate courses in ecology, vertebrate zoology, phycology. wetland ecology and limnology.

Area of expertise: Limnology.
Area of specialization: Zooplankton ecology.
Current research: Her past research has involved studying zooplankton communities of Prairie lakes, ageing of larval walleye, cannibalistic behaviour in cultured larval fish and aquaculture of larval walleye. At the moment, her research focuses on the effects of multiple stressors on life history traits of Daphnia magna.

 

Greg McCullough
B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geography

Areas of expertise: Nutrient and sediment transport in, and remote sensing of fresh and marine waters; river-lake and freshwater-marine interactions.
Areas of specialization: Freshwater-marine interactions in subarctic estuarine environments; climate-freshwater-ice interactions in subarctic and arctic marine waters; phosphorus transport dynamics; remote sensing in fresh and marine waters (phytoplankton).
Current research:  Over the last decade, Greg has also done research related to the growing eutrophication of Lake Winnipeg by developing sensing tools used for monitoring algae and studying the effects of people, climate and flooding on nutrient loading to the lake.

 

Selena Randall, Chair
B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology with Marine Zoology, University of Wales, 1990; M.Sc. Natural Resources Management, University of Leicester, 1992; Ph.D. Freshwater Ecology, University of Leicester, 1998. Worked in government department in UK researching, developing and implementing policy to protect air, land and water from agricultural practices, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC on the Red-Assiniboine Project, and with the University of Manitoba as research development coordinator for the Watershed Systems Research Program.

Areas of expertise: Watershed management, development and implementation of beneficial management practices, policy development, knowledge translation
Areas of Specialization: Beneficial management practices – research, policy development and implementation.
Fields of interest: Policy development, knowledge translation and beneficial management practices, to protect water and mitigate climate change. Links between environment and health.

 

Alex Salki
B.Sc. (U of M); M.Sc. (U of M); DFO Research Biologist & Experimental Lakes Area Research Team (1968-2007); Author/reviewer of peer-reviewed scientific books, articles, reports; Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium co-founder & science program coordinator (1999-2009); Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board member (2003-2006); Climate Change Connection Steering Committee member (2002-2005); Manitoba Schools Science Symposium judge (10 years); Manitoba Envirothon judge/instructor.

Area of expertise:  Limnology, freshwater biology and ecology, and crustacean zoogeography.
Areas of specialization: Freshwater and marine crustacean taxonomy and ecology; investigating responses of zooplankton communities to natural and human impacts (e.g. aquatic invasive species, eutrophication, mercury, river diversions/flooding, lake impoundment/drawdown, endocrine disruptors, climate change, trout aquaculture).
Current research: While employed with DFO, Alex studied zooplankton in hundreds of Canadian lakes. Currently, as principal biologist with Salki Consultants Inc, he provides laboratory analyses and consulting services to government and industry.

 

Michael Stainton
Chemist with the DFO’s Freshwater Institute; Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research team

Area of expertise: 1968 (Bradbury) to present (Namao) involved in Lake Winnipeg scientific research. Networking with current scientific community working on Lake Winnipeg.
Current Research: The impact of flooding and land use practice on nutrient loss from agricultural lands, monitoring the algal productivity that these nutrients produce in Lake Winnipeg using remote sensing and shipboard instrumentation.

 

Hank Venema
Professional engineer (Ontario); B.Sc. Civil engineering (Manitoba); MSc Water Resources Engineering (Ottawa); PhD Systems Design Engineering (Waterloo)

Area of expertise: Water resources engineering and watershed management.
Areas of specialization: Operations research, systems modelling and optimization. 
Current research: Bioeconomic approaches to Lake Winnipeg basin management.

 

Buster Welch
BA Dartmouth, 1963; PhD University of Georgia, 1967

Area of expertise: Aquatic ecology.
Areas of specialization: Arctic limnology and arctic marine science.

 

Charles Wong

Area of expertise: Environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology.
Area of specialization: Measurement, occurrence, fate and effects of anthropogenic organic contaminants.
Current research: Wastewater engineering, fate and effects of emerging organic pollutants (e.g., pharmaceuticals and personal care products, metabolites and degradates), human exposure dynamics of such chemicals and implications for human health.

 

LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes an update on our community-based monitoring efforts, a profile on LWF member and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Trevenen, plus information about proposed changes to provincial legislation that could affect Manitoba water quality and how you can get involved.