Sad to hear of the passing of Canada's leading aquatic ecologist and my professional hero.
David Schindler applied intellectual brilliance, scientific rigor, and deep integrity to some of the great issues of his day. To me, he showed that scientific advocacy is legitimate - that it is not just OK to talk clearly about what the the policy implications of careful, rigorous research are. It is a duty.
Schindler was know for innovative experiments on whole lakes. This is the man who used a curtain to divide a lake in two, then showed that adding a small amount of phosphorous to one side caused a massive algae bloom on that side only. The results and the striking photographs resulted in phosphates being banned from detergents, the recovery of a dying Lake Erie. and broad awareness of each of us contributes to water pollution through the products we use. He also made key contributions to acid rain and was a fierce critic of tar sand development.
Fernando Lessa's new short doc on Urban Salmon premiered last night. Stunning videography interspersed with some familiar talking heads, including Mike's. It's a story of restoration success and of hope. You can watch it here. ... See MoreSee Less
Long-time PE biologist Roxanne Snook moved on to work for the Provincial Government last year - just in time to avoid a covid layoff. We are sure going to be missing her skills, experience, and enthusiasm this field season!
Fortunately we now have Natasha Wilbrink and Mike Leon on board. Many of you will know Natasha from her years of solid work as a habitat restoration tech with Fraser Valley Conservancy. She will be office bound for a bit this spring, with an ankle injury, but we'll try to keep her busy 🙂
We have worked with Mike Leon for years on all our projects with Katzie, so I knew what to do as soon as I learned he was available. Mike brings a wealth of field skills and experience and a fine sense of humour to the job.
We are getting pretty excited! It's going to be a great year. Stay tuned - full time field work starts next week! ... See MoreSee Less