Aquatic Research Group Seminar to focus on the bioassessment of freshwater ecosystems

Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey

The second event in the 2019-20 Aquatic Research Group (ARG) Seminar Series features Ontario Tech University biology Professor Robert Bailey presenting a talk titled “Bioassessment of freshwater ecosystems.” It takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m. in 140 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building (HNES). The seminar will be followed by a free lunch at 1:30 p.m. All members of the York community are welcome to attend.

The pan-Faculty ARG Seminar Series, organized by biology Professor Sapna Sharma in York University’s Faculty of Science, brings top ecologists from across the province to York to talk about their research in aquatic ecology and what’s causing stress in our waterways.

Professor Bailey came to Ontario Tech University from Cape Breton University in Sydney, N.S., where he was provost and vice-president academic and professional studies. His career as a professor and senior academic leader includes serving as the inaugural director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Environment & Sustainability at Western University in London, Ont.

At Cape Breton University, Bailey led an ongoing academic planning process that transformed the university’s research and educational culture. While at Western, he brought together more than 75 professors from five Faculties for the development and execution of Western’s environmental undergraduate, graduate and research programs.

Bailey received his PhD in zoology from Western University. He completed his MSc in zoology and his BSc in ecology at the University of Guelph.

Here’s a look at the rest of the ARG Seminar Series lineup:

Feb. 12: Assistant Professor Claire Oswald (Ryerson University), “Impacts of road salt inputs on GTA streams” (tentative title)

Feb. 24: Assistant Professor Carly Ziter (Concordia University), “Thinking beyond the park: landscape structure, land-use history and biodiversity shape urban ecosystem services”

March 11: Professor Karen Kidd (McMaster University), “Local through global influences of human activities on mercury in aquatic ecosystems”

Each seminar will start at 12:30 p.m., followed by a free lunch at 1:30 p.m. The seminars will all take place in HNES 140 except for the talk on Feb. 24, which will be in 306 Lumbers Building.

The ARG includes researchers who focus on aquatic science from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. The seminar series is designed to engage this multidisciplinary scientific community at all levels, including graduate and undergraduate students, both at York University and in the wider aquatic science community.