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Worldwide Day of Ladies and Ladies in Science 2024


Joyful Worldwide Day of Ladies and Ladies in Science!

Scientists are completely integral to Ontario Parks, working as researchers, biologists, ecologists, and extra!

Check out a couple of of our superior ladies scientists:

Hope Freeman, Senior Park Naturalist

Because the senior park naturalist of Grundy Lake Provincial Park, Hope oversees the schooling of park guests in addition to a wide range of analysis and monitoring tasks.

Yow will discover Hope collaborating in Garlic Mustard elimination efforts, bat field monitoring, and vernal pool surveys.

staff holding monitor, staff holding blanding's turtle plush

Hope’s Masters of Science venture targeted on Ontario turtles and their habitat, making the park’s Turtle Monitoring Challenge her private favorite.

The Grundy Lake Turtle Monitoring Challenge celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2023 with a document variety of turtle nests protected (70) and a brand new Blanding’s Turtle radio-tracking part! The radio-tracking venture is in collaboration with Dr. Chantel Markle (see under!) and her staff throughout the Wildlife Ecohydrology and Conservation Lab. Tasks like these are essential for figuring out the well being of the Grundy Lake ecosystem and the way we are able to higher defend it.

“The chance to work with species in danger is one (superb) factor; including customer schooling on prime takes it to a different stage. Realizing that I’m serving to encourage conservation motion is tremendous fulfilling,” says Hope.

“To not point out the possibility to collaborate with mentors, fellow, and future scientists. Working collectively to guard the species and ecosystems I like is actually rewarding, teamwork actually does make the dream work. Truthfully, I’m the place I’m right this moment because of the mentorship of good feminine scientists!”

Pauline Catling, Senior Ecologist

Pauline is a senior ecologist from North-South Environmental Inc., surveying a variety of provincial parks in Central Ontario for choose species in danger crops.

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Understanding the distribution and abundance of those at-risk species is essential for making knowledgeable choices that assist their conservation.

“Being a scientist transcends gender, schooling or background,” says Pauline. “It’s a endless curiosity, an open thoughts and a drive to find and perceive. It adjustments the way in which you take a look at the world and your environment, but in addition brings you fixed pleasure in new discoveries.”

Michelle Karam, Government Director

researcher wearing mask and gloves, holding bat

Michelle is the manager director of Land Care Niagara. She has been gathering seize information in Shorthills Provincial Park as a part of a wider Ontario examine to higher perceive the collection of summer time roosting habitat of Ontario’s bats, particularly bats listed as species in danger.

This info is hoped to assist in conserving habitat for at-risk bats, and empower optimistic steps to help these species.

“I’ve at all times identified that I might work as a scientist in nature and with wildlife, however extra particularly felt a calling to actively assist them and be an advocate for our surroundings. I used to be at all times instructed in class that this profession wouldn’t earn a living, however I at all times knew that my moral values, being within the pure setting, and the satisfaction of serving to far outweighed being financially rich,” says Michelle.

“I’ve by no means regretted being a zoologist. It has opened doorways for me to journey to many implausible locations and ecosystems in addition to meet superb individuals and animals. I really feel so fortunate to now set a terrific instance for my two younger daughters and present that they ought to go after their very own desires.”

Josephine Archbold, Analysis and Coverage Analyst

Josephine is a newcomer to Ontario Parks. She has a MSc in Environmental Science and 20 years expertise within the public sector in toxicology, environmental danger evaluation, and public well being.

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We’re thrilled to have her on the staff. She’s a terrific instance of somebody who has made a mid-career change to pursue work that aligns along with her private {and professional} targets.

She now chairs the Ontario Parks Science Committee. Working carefully with the co-leads of the Ontario Parks Science Technique, Josephine has been charged with main the Secretariat in supporting the brand new Ontario Parks Science Committee.

Josephine’s ardour and vitality is certain to contribute to a enjoyable and rewarding yr for this committee.

“From a really younger age, I’ve been enthusiastic about nature and the setting. The longstanding household joke was that I used to be born asking, ‘Why.’ Pursuing the sciences, and specifically, the environmental sciences, was at all times a transparent alternative for me. I knew that science was my ticket to understanding the world round me and my path to creating a distinction,” says Josephine.

“I’ve been terribly fortunate in my profession to work alongside and be mentored by good ladies in science. There are extra ladies in science than ever earlier than, however there are nonetheless obstacles and challenges, specifically for ladies in management roles. We have to hear the voices of girls and a range of views if we wish to deal with the challenges that face us right this moment. It’s a privilege to affix Ontario Parks, a corporation that values the contribution and management of girls and that values the significance of science. I’m as soon as once more fortunate to work alongside good ladies and to affix a staff of interdisciplinary scientists that put conservation, sustainability, and other ways of understanding the world on the centre of every part they do.”

Andrea Waugh, Area Technician

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Final summer time, Andrea labored in our northeastern parks, gathering information for the Ontario Breeding Hen Atlas program. She did this by conducting level rely surveys and deploying recording units in Temagami.

She was additionally concerned with monitoring Temagami’s Aurora Trout restoration and dealing with Killarney Provincial Park’s Lake Trout restoration.

Andrea is at present working with Ontario Parks’ Protected Areas part as a coverage and analysis analyst between discipline seasons.

“‘Depart the saving of the world to the lads? I don’t suppose so.’ – Elastigirl, The Incredibles (2004)”

Courtney Lanigan, Assistant Zone Ecologist

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Courtney is a seasonal assistant ecologist in Ontario Parks’ Northeast Zone. Her major work is with alvars, that are globally uncommon ecosystems.

Courtney works with fellow employees to adapt methodologies to the distinctive traits of alvars, figuring out the drivers and present state of those ecosystems. Particularly, the staff is wanting into how soil chemistry (as a consequence of bedrock composition) influences the prevalence and distribution of vegetative biodiversity. They’re additionally gathering tree cores and analyzing them for hearth scars (dendropyrochronolohy) to deduce the position of fireside within the conservation of those uncommon ecosystems.

“As a girl in science, the distinctive management, assist, and steering proven to me by my colleagues at Ontario Parks isn’t one thing to be taken with no consideration. In my time with Ontario Parks, I’ve had the pleasure of working in an inclusive, empowering office setting,” she says.

“Uniformity isn’t nature’s method; range is nature’s method.”

Catherine Reining, PhD Candidate/Challenge Coordinator

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Catherine is a PhD candidate and ParkSeek venture coordinator within the Division of Geography and Setting at Western College.

Catherine is at present exploring the obstacles and enablers to accessing protected areas for improved inhabitants well being promotion, which incorporates analysis at Pinery Provincial Park to higher perceive how customer experiences within the park have an effect on human well being and well-being.

“I’m grateful for the Ontario Parks employees who’ve championed this work and the park guests for collaborating, it is without doubt one of the greatest elements of the job. I hope to assist as many individuals expertise protected areas as potential!”

Dr. Wendy McFadden-Smith, Tender Fruit and Grape Built-in Pest Administration Specialist

Dr. McFadden-Smith works with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs monitoring for the invasive insect Noticed Lanternfly.

When not monitoring for the lanternfly, she is participating group scientists to help with reporting sightings of the insect.

Shelby Gibson, PhD Candidate

woman with baby on back

Shelby Gibson is a PhD candidate within the Division of Biology at York College.

She is at present finding out pollination programs of culturally vital meals and medication crops within the Nice Lakes area. Given the current decline of many wild pollinator species, you will need to perceive the position pollinators play in supporting wholesome populations of culturally vital plant species.

Shelby is finding out Widespread Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) in Burnt Lands Provincial Park. Widespread Bearberry is comparatively understudied, and its pollination system has but to be studied in North America.

Lately Shelby carried out a discipline experiment to find out the diploma to which completely different pollination therapies supported seed manufacturing. This info could also be helpful in figuring out efficient administration methods for protected areas

“I’ve at all times been fascinated with crops, animals, and being exterior. I’m working on this discipline as a result of I do know that understanding the complexities of the pure world will assist us to unravel among the difficult issues we’re at present going through. It isn’t straightforward, however I hope to point out my children that it price it to do onerous issues, and that they’ll do something.”

Dr. Mary-Helen Armour, Affiliate Professor

An affiliate professor at York Univeristy, Dr. Armour is doing gravity readings across the Brent influence construction, a bowl-shaped crater situated inside Algonquin Provincial Park.

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With the info she collects, together with different present information, she is aiming to create a subsurface 3D mannequin of the construction to boost our present information concerning the constructions. Pictured above is the tools she makes use of to gather information.

“I take pleasure in doing geology and geophysics. It’s a difficult discipline with many various areas to focus in. At present I’m engaged on modelling completely different influence constructions based mostly on varied geophysical information like gravity and magnetics.”

Chantel Markle, Assistant Professor

two people standing in nature, one person holding turtle

Chantel is an assistant professor at College of Waterloo.

She is working in collaboration with Grundy Lake Provincial Park to deal with key information gaps about turtle species in danger. Collectively, they’re investigating turtle actions and habitat use to evaluate habitat connectivity throughout the park and determine potential areas for enhanced administration efforts.

As a part of the venture, Chantel is radio monitoring turtles, which is at all times an journey!

“Campers and guests are a important a part of the venture and assist by calling in turtle sightings on roads and campsites. In keeping with our venture accomplice Hope Freeman, the Senior park naturalist at Grundy, many of the experiences of turtle nest areas come from campers!”

To all superb ladies in science working passionately to know and defend our pure areas: thanks to your onerous work and experience, and congratulations for all of your achievements!


Why are your scientists choosing up wildlife? Can I decide up snakes and turtles too?

Please don’t deal with wildlife. The employees members featured listed here are skilled scientists engaged in skilled analysis. These scientists are following a strict animal care protocol permitted by the Ministry of Northern Growth, Mines, Pure Assets and Forestry. These protocols evaluate the specified final result of the analysis, and guarantee measures are taken to place the least potential quantity of stress on the animal. We ask that you just at all times observe animals from a distance for each the security of you and the animal.

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