Showcase of Early Career Women

Session Organizer: Yolanda E. Morbey
Date/Time: January 4, 13:20 – 15:00
Location: Salon G

Summary Information

This symposium will showcase the research programs of early- to mid-career women engaged in aquatic ecology and conservation research in Canada. Too often, women face barriers in transitioning from higher education into tenured research positions at universities. We are encouraged to pursue careers we like and choose – but not to be too ambitious or successful. The contributors in this session represent some of those who didn’t “leak out of the pipeline” and have continued to make significant contributions to aquatic ecology, conservation, and fisheries research.


13:20 - 13:40: Coping with the cold: the winter ecology of freshwater fishes.
McMeans, B.C.* (University of Toronto), Fernandes, T.

13:40 - 14:00: Freshwater aquatic ecosystem classification in Ontario and beyond: space for conservation.
Melles, S.J.* (Ryerson University), Chu, C.1, Jones, N.E.1, and Schmidt, B.1 

14:00 - 14:20: Considering ecosystem connectivity: insights from the ecology and life history of three northern fishes.
Swanson, H.K.* (University of Waterloo), Baker, L.F.,  DeJong, R.A., Lord, S.I., and Smith, R. 

14:20 - 14:40: Sexual selection and alternative mating strategies in salmonid fishes.
Weir, L.K.* (Saint Mary's University), Young, K.A.

14:40 - 15:00: Inclusion and diversity in Canadian fisheries and aquatic sciences: time to reflect.
Semeniuk, C.A.D* (University of Windsor); Madliger, C.L.; Melles, S.J.; Morbey, Y.E.; Febria, C.M.

1Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry