Who we are – Science Committee

Scugog Lake Stewards’ Science Committee

Welcome to Lake Scugog, both idyllic and majestic. Large, shallow, high in nutrient content, and rich in plant and animal life; however, enriched in phosphorus and nitrogen from farms, septic systems, and fertilized lawns around the lake, which can cause excessive algae growth. Add to that, the introduction of new, invasive species, declines in walleye population, and variable weather patterns, are threatening the idyllic and majestic qualities of the lake we know today. In order to keep Lake Scugog beautiful, we need to promote good stewardship of the lake and surrounding lands. And before we can address these issues in the lake, we need to understand them. Thus, a subsection of the Scugog Lake Stewards is the Scientific Committee.

We have been successful in bringing together trained lake scientists and concerned citizens, and we now have a science committee of 30+ individuals who meet regularly to discuss the lake and future research on the lake. Many are graduates and students in limnology (the study of inland waters) or associated sciences. We have a unique opportunity to learn about Lake Scugog based on the experience of these talented individuals. The Scugog Lake Stewards have established strong partnerships with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), York University, Kawartha Conservation, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and together we are working to understand Lake Scugog as a whole ecosystem.

Scientific Committee Heads

 Dr. Kirkwood

Committee Chair

Andrea Kirkwood, Ph.D.,

Associate professor,

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr. Porter

Committee Co-Chair

Ron Porter, M.D.,

Retired physician,

Long-term Director, Scugog Lake Stewards

Dr. Thienpont

Committee Head

Josh Thienpont, Ph.D.

Paleolimnologist,

York University

C. Dempster

Committee Head

Colleen Dempster, M.Sc.

Phycologist