Tools for conservation and restoration

Research should not end with a manuscript. As a food web ecologist working in conservation, I have placed significant emphasis on the development of tools to implement research.

I have collaborated with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to build dynamic tools to monitor fish communities. Using reproducible workflows, I have developed several R Shiny web tools which allow the TRCA to assess which restoration projects are having an impact on fish community populations at multiple scales. Work which led to the Fish Communities of the Toronto and Region Waterfront: Summary and Assessment 1989-2016 report. As a Mozilla Open Science Lead, I used quantitative, design and programing skills to develop a mobile application of the “Ontario Guide to Eating Fishes” to increase the availability of this vital information to indigenous communities of the Far North of Ontario, many of whom are subsistence fishers. I am also working with collaborators from across North America as part of a National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center project to develop web tools that allows indigenous communities to use their ecological data in decision making processes in the face of climate change scenarios.



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