Research & Conservation Conference

5th Research & Conservation Conference

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation would like to thank all of those who presented at, and attended our 5th Conference hosted at the Simcoe Recreation Centre on Saturday April 22nd, 2017.  Over sixty people attended the event that showcased local research and conservation efforts with representatives from fourteen organizations.

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5th Research & Conservation Conference presentations in order of appearance:
*Note: not all presentations will be available online, where available research abstracts have been included.

  1. Reeding the bigger story: The effect of invasive Phragmites australis on carbon cycling in wetland
    by Sarah Yuckin (Masters Student, University of Waterloo)
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  2. Hidden effects of the Phragmites invasion on birds: Considering lag time and functional traits
    by Courtney Robichaud (Ph.D. Student, University of Waterloo)
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  3. Effects of invasive Phragmites australis on spatial ecology of Blanding’s turtles in wetlands
    by Chantel Markle (Ph.D. Student, McMaster University)
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  4. Invasive Phragmites, Addressing the Threat: Long Point Phragmites Pilot Project
    by Kristen Bernard (Southwestern Ontario Program Coordinator, Nature Conservancy of Canada)
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  5. Phragmites australis control projects at Long Point and Rondeau
    by Dustin Veenhof (Partnership Specialist, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Aylmer District)
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  6. Carbon Exchange Over Five Years for a 90-year old Managed Deciduous Forest Near Long Point, Ontario
    by Eric Beamesderfer (Ph.D. Student, McMaster University)
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  7. Resiliency of Ecosystem Evapotranspiration to Drought in a 90-year old Temperate Deciduous Forest in southern Ontario
    by Brandon Burns (Masters Student, McMaster University)
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  8. Multiproxy isotope dendroclimatology for mature white pine (Pinus strobus L.) in southern Ontario, Canada
    by Shawn McKenzie (Ph.D. Student, McMaster University)
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  9. Using functional traits as a measure of restoration success in Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
    by Amanda Shamas (Masters Student, University of Waterloo)
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  10. Twenty-four years of forest composition changes at Backus Woods
    by Michael Bradstreet (Senior Vice President, Nature Conservancy of Canada)
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  11. Comparison of twenty years of forest composition change in Backus Woods and other Norfolk County woodlots
    by Ariana Burgener (M.Sc.)
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  12. Effects of changing meteorological conditions on populations of forest dwelling salamanders
    by Nick Luymes (Masters Student, McMaster University)
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  13. Understanding the past, and assessing the future evolution of streamflow in the Big Creek Watershed, Long Point Region, Ontario
    by Olivier Champagne (Ph.D. Student, McMaster University)
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  14. CWS-Ontario Habitat Guidance: Places of Biodiversity Value
    by Jocelyn Sherwood (National Conservation Plan Officer, Canadian Wildlife Service)
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  15. The Influence of Adjacent Forest and Agriculture on Restored Grassland Diversity and Composition
    by Rachel Chambers (Masters Student, University of Western Ontario) .

Conference Press Release: Simcoe Reformer, April 25, 2017


4th Research & Conservation Conference

Saturday April 9th, 2016

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation would like to thank all of those who presented at, and attended our 4th Conference hosted at Backus Heritage Conservation Area on Saturday April 9th, 2016.  Over sixty people attended the event that showcased local research and conservation efforts with representatives from fourteen organizations.

4th Research & Conservation Conference presentations in order of appearance:
*Note: not all presentations will be available online, where available research abstracts have been included.

  1. Delta Waterfowl – Great Lakes Initiative
    by Dr. Scott Petrie (Executive Scientist, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Waterfowl)
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  2. ALUS Norfolk
    by Casey Whitelock (ALUS Coordinator, ALUS Norfolk)
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  3. Nature Conservancy of Canada
    by Wendy Cridland (Director of Conservation, Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada)
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  4. Changes in Ecosystem Stresses of the Long Point Area: 1980-present
    by Kathryn Russell (Undergraduate Thesis, University of Waterloo)
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  5. Crown Marsh Wetland Restoration Project: Past, Present, and Future
    by Claire Paller (Partnership Specialist, MNRF Aylmer District)
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  6. Assessing the Impacts of Phragmites Control Efforts in Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
    by Dr. Janice Gilbert (Wetland Ecologist)
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  7. Mitigating Road Mortality and Assessing Use of Culverts by Species at Risk Along the Long Point Causeway
    by Chantel Markle (PhD Candidate, McMaster University)
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  8. Climate Impacts on Managed Forest Ecosystems in Southern Ontario
    by Dr. Altaf Arain (Director at McMaster Centre for Climate Change, McMaster University)
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  9. Effects of Landscape Fragmentation on Swallowtail Butterflies
    by Jenna Siu (Masters Candidate, University of Western Ontario)
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  10. Re-colonization Trends of Fish Communities Following the Restoration of the Long Point Crown Marsh
    by Natalie Rook (Masters Candidate, University of Toronto)
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  11. Diurnal Concentration of Dissolved Oxygen in the Lynn River
    by Dennis Wright (Member, Simcoe and District Fish and Game Club)
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  12. Monitoring Vegetation After a Reduction in Deer Browsing at Long Point, Lake Erie
    by Michael Bradstreet (Vice President Conservation, Nature Conservancy of Canada)
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  13. Remote Sensing of Phragmites and Wetland Vegetation in the Long Point Basin
    by James Marcaccio (PhD Candidate, McMaster University)
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  14. Does the Application of Glyphosate and the Stem Density of Invasive Phragmites Affect the Seedbank Response Post-Treatment?
    by Graham Howell (Masters Candidate, University of Waterloo)