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Start at the Bottom: What bottom-dwelling bugs can tell us about lake & stream condition


by F. Chris Jones, PhD Candidate, Laurentian University
& Sarah Sinclair, Conservation Ontario



Held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Huntsville Public Library. Admission was by donation.





The Canadian Water Network funded a 3-year study of invertebrate communities in Muskoka lakes and streams. The purpose of the study was to characterize baseline biological condition, provide insights about which biological indices best distinguish developed and undeveloped lakes, and evaluate the influence that development and land-use has on biological communities. This lecture will highlight key findings and make recommendations about how biomonitoring programs presently underway in the region might be improved.


This presentation is based on research undertaken with funding provided by the Canadian Water Network.


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About F. Chris Jones


Chris Jones is a PhD Candidate in the Boreal Ecology PhD Program at Laurentian University. He is a scientist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and his research focusses on biological monitoring, in which bottom-dwelling aquatic invertebrates are used as indicators of ecosystem condition.






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