Staff

Dr. Scott Petrie - Executive Director

Scott received a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph in 1990 and a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1998. His work has focused primarily on the ecology of waterfowl in semi-arid environments and the staging ecology of north-temperate occurring waterfowl. Scott’s primary responsibilities with Long Point Waterfowl are to conduct research, supervise graduate students, and raise the scientific profile of Long Point Waterfowl. Scott has been the Research Director since 1997 and is also an Assistant Professor with the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches Wildlife Ecology and Management. Scott is presently studying numerous aspects of the staging ecology of Tundra Swans, Mute Swans and Greater and Lesser scaup on the lower Great Lakes.
For a detailed CV on Scott, please click here.

 

Dr. Michael Schummer - Senior Scientist

Mike was a former graduate student with Long Point Waterfowl where he conducted research on the ecology of wintering sea ducks at Lake Ontario from 2002 to 2004 leading to completion of his doctorate in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario in 2005. Following completion of his Ph.D. he worked for two years as the State of Maine’s Game Bird Biologist where he was in charge of assessment, monitoring, and management of waterfowl, Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, and Woodcock populations. Prior to accepting employment with Long Point Waterfowl, Mike worked at Mississippi State University from 2007 to 2010 as a post-doctoral Research Associate where he conducted waterfowl and wetlands research, taught graduate and undergraduate wildlife courses, and advised graduate student research.  Mike also holds degrees from Paul Smith’s College (Forestry), SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Forest Resource Management), and Southeast Missouri State (Wildlife Management). As Long Point Waterfowl Scientist Dr. Mike Schummer is responsible for helping to formulate, guide, and conduct graduate and staff research on waterfowl and wetlands issues in the Great Lakes region. Mike is originally from rural Allegany, New York and enjoys time outdoors hunting and fishing with his two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
For a detailed CV on Mike, please click here.

 

Dr. Samantha Richman – Research Scientist

Sam is a wildlife biologist with degrees in Ecology and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. Sam’s dissertation research with Dr. Jim Lovvorn (now at Southern Illinois) examined the foraging energetics and diving physiology of scaup, scoters, and eiders. Her research on captive waterfowl began in 1999 at the Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station (Delta, Manitoba) where she used the Delta Dive Tank to study nutrient intake for ducks feeding on clams as well as the cost of diving for sea ducks using wing propulsion underwater.  Following her graduate work, Sam has worked on diverse projects from sea duck interactions with mussel aquaculture at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Mont-Joli, Québec) to assessing the influence of diet quality on growth and survival of Snow and Canada geese from Akimiski Island (James Bay, Nunavut).  As our Research Scientist, Sam will be supporting our growing graduate program and continue our tradition of quality education and research.  When Sam is not hiking with her dogs or paddle boarding in the Bay, you can find her at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy with her captive flock of common eiders. Visit www.samrichman.yolasite.com for more information on Sam’s past and continuing research.
For a detailed CV on Sam, please click here.

 

Ted Barney – Biologist

Ted received his B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph in 2004. Ted then attended the University of Western Ontario for his M.Sc. research. Ted’s thesis evaluated availability and quality of waste corn in agricultural fields used by waterfowl staging at Long Point. In October 2006, Ted was hired by Long Point Waterfowl as a biologist. Ted currently assists with many ongoing research projects, including the Avian Energetics Lab and aerial waterfowl surveys. He also provides field and technical support for Long Point Waterfowl graduate students. Ted’s professional and research interests focus on the staging ecology of migrant waterfowl and waterbirds in the Great Lakes region.
For a detailed CV on Ted, please click here.

 

Katelyn Weaver - Biologist

Katelyn is a recent 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 the cognitive effects of developmental stress on European Starlings. Following her B.Sc. Katelyn worked as an entomology technician in Long Point and Algonquin Park and volunteered in Australia as a technician working with kangaroos and wallabies. Katelyn’s M.Sc. research was supervised by Long Point Waterfowl and focused on the selection of agricultural, wetland and open water habitats by Eastern Population Tundra Swans at staging and wintering locations. During her M.Sc., Katelyn volunteered with the OMNR as a technician studying nesting ecology of Canada Geese and Snow Geese at Akimiski Island, Nunavut.

After graduation from her M.Sc., Katelyn joined Long Point Waterfowl as their second biologist and her primary responsibilities include manuscript development, coordinating research and education programs at the REC, managing our website and social media sites and assisting with graduate research projects. Katelyn’s interests include hiking, kayaking and travelling to experience as much of the world’s flora and fauna as possible.
For a detailed CV on Katelyn, please click here.

 

Greg Dunn - Community Outreach and Marketing Manager

Greg has always had a passion for the study and conservation of waterfowl and wetlands. After attending the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph, he worked for 2 years with Ducks Unlimited Canada as a field biologist, followed by 10 more years in a public relations and fund raising capacity. Since Greg’s return to “hands on” field work, he has been the Master Bander on many duck banding programs throughout Northern Ontario, Wisconsin and Illinois. Greg spent three field seasons on Goose Colony Research along the James Bay and Hudson Bay Coasts, and worked on Waterfowl Research projects on Lake Ontario, the Mississippi River and on the BarrierIslands off the coast of West Virginia. Greg helped to design and implement several Great Lakes’ coastal wetland assessment projects, and managed wetland restoration projects in Ontario, Washington State and Montana.

Greg’s outdoor interests include waterfowl and turkey hunting, canoeing, fishing, retriever training, gardening, and hiking with his wife Jan and their two dogs, Casey and Cali.
For a detailed CV on Greg, please click here.

 

Kerrie Wilcox- Avian Energetics Lab Contract Coordinator

Kerrie’s affiliation with Bird Studies Canada started when she was doing her undergraduate degree in Environment Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her advisors, Dr. Richard Knapton, former director of the Long Point Waterfowl and Dr. George Francis gave Kerrie the opportunity to work on American Wigeon diets at Long Point. Later, for her Masters, Kerrie continued to work with the Long Point Waterfowl on waterfowl diets and completed submerged vegetation surveys of the Inner Bay. Kerrie and her husband Steve moved to the Long Point area in 1997. Since then she has had many roles at Bird Studies Canada and is currently the Avian Energetics Lab Contract Coordinator and Project FeederWatch Coordinator/Executive Assistant.

 

Jason Palframan - Research and Avian Energetics Lab Technician

 

Jason completed his undergraduate program in Biology at Trent University in 2008. After university Jason was a technician for several avian research projects before being hired by Long Point Waterfowl in 2011. Jason is currently the Avian Energetics Lab Technician, and is also involved with current Long Point Waterfowl research on the Crown Marsh.

 

 

Theodore Smith - Wildlife Photographer

Theodore Smith is an adventurous freelance photographer based in beautiful Muskoka.  He focuses his lenses on people enjoying outdoor pursuits, wildlife and wildlife research. Theodore’s images have appeared on the pages and covers of the most popular outdoor magazines in North America including: Field & Stream, Outdoor Canada, Outdoor Life, Canadian Geographic, Ontario Out of Doors, Chill Magazine, Sentier CHASSE-PÊCHE, Cottage Life, Nature Canada, ON Nature, Wildlife, Wildfowl and both of Ducks Unlimited’s magazines in Canada and the U.S.A.  His famous picture of a pair of kissing moose was featured in the 2008 Great Ontario Outdoor Adventure Calendar and his action photography has been used in the 2009-2011 calendars. Theodore has had the unique opportunity and pleasure of photographing Robert Bateman, one of the world’s greatest wildlife artists, for the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Theodore holds an honours kinesiology degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.  He resides with his wife, Cara, and their three young children along with a black lab named Shadow.

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