Partners & Contributors
The Blue Lakes Program would not have been made possible without the valuable contribution of our partners and others within the lake science community.
U-Links: U-links is a non-profit organization where university and college students are matched with community organizations in the Haliburton area to assist organizations with planning, research, or community service and development projects. Students earn course credits and gain practical experience in their field of study while helping to solve challenges in communities. Many projects focus on valuable environmental skills including aquatic monitoring. U-links has also created Woodlands and Waterways EcoWatch (WWEW) which is a community-based environmental monitoring program. U-Links provides invaluable data for The Land Between region through their environmental monitoring projects.
Lake Science Experts
Here in The Land Between, we are fortunate to have ongoing and recent research on lake health that we have used to support stewardship initiatives. We have also gathered resources from local findings that can help us develop real-world solutions, just like the Blue Lakes Program. We are grateful for the input from Dr. Andrea Kirkwood (Ontario Tech University), Trent University, Kawartha Lake Stewards, Muskoka Watershed Council, Lakehead University and other educational institutes. With their support, we are accessing recent and relevant science to support our stewardship efforts.
Dr. Andrea Kirkwood & The Kirkwood Lab
Dr. Andrea Kirkwood is an Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University, with research and teaching focused on aquatic ecosystems and environmental biology. She has led countless research projects focusing on lake health in regions such as The Land Between and Lake Scugog. Her studies highlight the relationship between urbanization and aquatic health.
Dr. Norman Yan
Dr. Norman Yan has worked as a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for 25 years and as a Professor at York University (now retired). Here, he completed research on stressors on Ontario’s lakes and conducted most of his research in Muskoka. His research goal was to understand the impacts of multiple environmental stressors on animal plankton within the millions of lakes in the Canadian Shield.
Dr. Paul C. Frost
Dr. Paul C. Frost is currently working as a Professor at Trent University where he researches and teaches about aquatic ecology. He facilitates research in the Frost Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology, focusing on the response of aquatic ecosystems to changes in nutrient levels. His studies have a particular focus on lakes in the Kawartha Lakes region, north of Peterborough. Recently, his research has examined animal responses to interactions among nutritional and environmental stressors.
Dr. Jennifer B. Korosi
Dr. Jennifer B. Korosi is a limnologist and professor researching the impact of human activities that create ecological change in aquatic ecosystems. She currently teaches at York University in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. The Korosi Lab studies trajectories of lake ecosystems that change over hundreds to thousands of years through lake sediment cores with a geographical focus in southern Ontario and the Northwest Territories. The Korosi Lab has also studied cyanobacteria blooms in two Ontario lakes in Port Perry and Perry Sound that never previously reported problems with cyanobacteria.