Long Point Waterfowl has named Dr. Michael Schummer as Interim Scientist to sustain the organizations strong tradition of delivering waterfowl and wetlands science in the Great Lakes region and towards training the next generation of waterfowl and wetlands scientists. The Honourable Warren Winkler, Chair of the Long Point Waterfowl Board of Directors and former Chief Justice of Ontario, says, “Of utmost importance is re-affirming Long Point Waterfowl’s dedication to science in the Great Lakes region and continuing to promote university-based investigation of emerging conservation issues wherever Long Point birds go.” Dr. Schummer was among the original cohort of graduate students at Long Point Waterfowl where he studied the ecology of sea ducks and diving ducks wintering at Lake Ontario. He went on to become one of the most published students funded by Long Point Waterfowl. Since completion of his doctoral degree, he has authored or co-authored over 50% of Long Point Waterfowl’s peer-reviewed publications, served as the Waterfowl Biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 2005-2007, served as Maine’s representative on the Atlantic Flyway Technical Section 2005-2007, was a Research and Teaching Associate for Mississippi State University 2007-2010, and he again worked alongside the Long Point Waterfowl community 2010-2013. “Quality science and the education of the next generation of scientists are paramount to refining our conservation actions for waterfowl, wetlands, and people” Schummer said. Since inception, Long Point Waterfowl has been a strong contributor towards applied science for waterfowl and wetlands in eastern North America. Long Point Waterfowl is currently funding and/or providing guidance for 4 ongoing graduate research projects and developing manuscripts and technical documents from a diversity of completed projects. Current LPW students also continue to be supervised by Scott Petrie, Adjunct Professor at Western University. Among others, former students and employees of Long Point Waterfowl can be found working for the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited Inc., California Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission, a diversity of Canadian and US universities, and private environmental consulting and laboratory businesses. Dr. Schummer ends with “Waterfowl and wetlands in eastern North America have benefited from Long Point Waterfowl’s science-presence in the Great Lakes region”. Science products by Long Point Waterfowl are complimented by the substantial contributions of private and public affiliates in Canada and the US that do exceptionally well to raise funds aimed at on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and management of wetland habitat. Dr. Schummer is a Visiting Professor of Zoology at SUNY Oswego, Adjunct Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario. He lives with his wife on their farm in Jordan, NY in the middle of the Finger Lakes region with their two retrievers…a Chesapeake and a Labrador.
Jacques van Zyl - Research Technician
Jacques graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2015 with a B.Sc. in Biology and an Honours Specialization in Wildlife Biology. During his undergraduate degree, Jacques wrote his thesis with Long Point Waterfowl under the supervision of Dr. Scott Petrie on the starvation thresholds and contaminant burdens in waterfowl wintering on the Great Lakes.
Following completion of his degree, Jacques became the newest member of Long Point Waterfowl and is currently working as the Research & Education Centre (REC) manager. His primary responsibilities include coordinating the use of the REC, maintaining facilities, assisting with the Long Point Causeway road mortality surveys and publishing his thesis manuscript. In the late summer and fall, Jacques will switch to helping one of Long Point Waterfowl’s graduate students, Matthew Palumbo, at Lake St. Clair with his graduate research on Mallard Ducks.
Katelyn Weaver - Web and Social Media Developer
Katelyn is currently completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. Prior to this she was a University of Western Ontario graduate, where she obtained her B.Sc. in Biology with an Honours Specialization in Conservation Biology in 2010 and her M.Sc. in Biology in December, 2013. During her undergraduate degree, Katelyn worked at the Advanced Facility for Avian Research studying European Starlings. Katelyn’s M.Sc. research was supervised by Long Point Waterfowl and focused on the selection of agricultural, wetland and open water habitats by Tundra Swans at staging and wintering locations.
After completing her M.Sc., Katelyn joined Long Point Waterfowl as their second biologist and her primary responsibilities included manuscript and scientific article development, coordinating research and education programs at the REC, managing our website and social media sites and assisting with graduate research projects. Katelyn is now involved with managing our website and social media sites while completing her DVM.