We are a group of friendly people who share our love of nature through regular meetings and field trips. We hope that you will join us.
NEXT MEETING Monday Nov. 27, 2023 7:30 pm
Presenter - Andrea Kirkwood
Urban wetlands are exceedingly rare in cities, yet they provide essential greenspace for people and habitat for wildlife. Urban wetlands also provide free ecosystem services such as flood mitigation, water and air purification, and carbon storage. A common refrain from those wanting to develop urban wetlands is that they are degraded ecosystems not worthy of protection or restoration. However, the science is clear that these ecosystems warrant protection, and resources for restoration. This presentation will provide an overview on the ecological and human value of urban wetlands, with a focus on research activities occurring in southern Ontario.
Andrea Kirkwood completed a joint-honours degree in Environment and Resource Studies & Biology (Co-op) at the University of Waterloo, a Master's degree in Aquatic Ecology at McMaster University, and a doctoral degree in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Andrea conducted postdoctoral studies at Oklahoma State University and the University of Calgary prior to joining the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University. Andrea is a full Professor in Biological Science and a Research Excellence Chair in Urban Water. In addition to research and teaching, Andrea is actively involved in community-based environmental stewardship initiatives.
at Oshawa Civic Recreational Centre
Rooms 4 & 5
Please note that DRFN has changed it's meeting venue.