Presentation Archive

MWC has hosted a number of excellent speakers over the years through the Environmental Lecture Series and at MWC meetings. Below you can view some of these presentations.

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Algal Blooms in a Changing World (2024)

By Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos & Dr. Paul Frost, Trent University

Toxic Microcystis Blooms in a Low-Nutrient Lake: Insights from High-Resolution Monitoring (2024)

By Dr. Joel Harrison, Aquatic Scientist, Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.

2023 Muskoka Vital Signs® Report (2024)

By Lynn DeCaro, Executive Director, Muskoka Community Foundation

Preparing for the Aftermath Forest: Managing beech regeneration in the face of Beech Bark Disease (2023)

By Javier Cappella, Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc.

Climate Change as a Stress Multiplier Governing Algal Blooms in Oligotrophic Lakes (2022)

By Dr. Neil Hutchinson (Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd) and Dr. Norman Yan (Friends of the Muskoka Watershed)

Forest Management Planning of Muskoka’s Crown Forests (2022)

By Javier Cappella, Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc.

Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment at the Watershed Scale (2022)

By Cameron von Bratt, Freshwater Ecosystem Services

Ontario’s Species at Risk: How COSSARO assesses and lists species to be protected (2021)

By Tom Hilditch, Chair of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO)

Microplastics in Muskoka-Haliburton headwater lake catchments (2021)

By Brittany Welsh, a PhD student at Trent University

Integrated Watershed Management: Pitfalls, Prospects, and Perspective (2021)

By Dr. Barb Veale, Director of Planning and Watershed Management at the Halton Region Conservation Authority


Wetlands, Waterways, and Waterbirds: The Boreal Connection (2021)

By Natasha Barlow, Boreal Conservation Project Specialist at Birds Canada

A pan-Canadian comparison of provincial cyanobacteria bloom management policies, programs, and practices (2021)

By Rebecca Gasman, Masters candidate at York University

Invasive species resources and tools to support Muskoka Watershed Communities (2020)

By staff from the Invasive Species Centre

Harmful Algal Blooms in Ontario Lakes: Causes and Management (2019)

By Dr. Lewis Molot, York University


The Watershed as an Ecological Unit: Creating Context for Rational Management (2019)

By Jack G. Imhof, Aquatic Ecologist and Watershed Scientist


Buildings and Carbon Draw Down: A strategy to help mitigate climate change (2019)

By Chris Magwood (The Endeavour Centre), Rick Zytaruk (Tooketree Passive Homes), and Melinda Zytaruk (Fourth Pig Worker Co-op Inc)


Using water balance dynamics to understand watershed processes and changing water conditions (2018)

By Dr. Robert Metcalfe, Research Scientist in the Aquatics Research and Monitoring Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Adjunct Professor with the Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University


Responding to the threat of road salt in Muskoka (2018)

By Dr. Norman Yan, Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and Robin Valleau, PhD candidate, Biology Department, Queen’s University


Implementing Low Impact Development (LID) in the Lake Simcoe Watershed: Progress, lessons learned and applicability to Muskoka watershed (2017)

By Dr. Ben Longstaff, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority


Water fleas, big data and 21st century technology Case studies in Muskoka and Sudbury point the way to saving the world (2015)

Dr. John Kenneth Colbourne, Chair of Environmental Genomics, University of Birmingham


Start at the Bottom: What bottom-dwelling bugs can tell us about lake & stream condition (2015)

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


Aliens amongst us: Are we prepared for the invaders? (2014)

By Dr. Andrea Smith