Robert Foster

Dr. Robert F. Foster

Rob is co-founder and principal of Northern Bioscience, with over 25 years of research and work experience in boreal and tropical ecosystems. Rob has a very strong background in the design and implementation of field surveys, inventory, and monitoring studies involving vegetation and a wide range of taxa including vascular plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates.

He has also a strong background in wetlands, as co-author of the Wetland Ecosystem Classification for Northwestern Ontario and the Terrestrial and Wetland Ecosites for Northwestern Ontario. Rob has excellent analytical/statistical capabilities and has expertise in the development of digital databases and the use of geographic information systems (ArcGIS) for natural resource management, environmental impact assessment, and protected areas planning. Rob has contributed to conducted monitoring and/or contributed to environmental assessments for three major transmission lines, 15+ mining-related projects, 20+ hydroelectric projects (including associated linear infrastructure), two wind farms, and three solar projects in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. He has excellent written and oral communication skills, having authored or co-authored numerous popular, technical and scientific reports, including 25+ COSEWIC status reports. Rob has an H.B.Sc. in Biology from Lakehead University and a D.Phil. in Zoology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Allan Harris

Allan G. Harris

B.Sc, M.Sc

Al Harris is a biologist with over 30 years’ experience in northern Ontario. In 1996, after spending seven years as a biologist with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, he co-founded Northern Bioscience, an ecological consulting company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has conducted life science inventory in over 60 protected areas in northern Ontario, 38 wetland evaluations, and was Canadian co-lead on wetland monitoring on the Rainy Lake – Namakan system for the International Joint Commission and at Isle Royale National Park.

He is senior author of the Wetland Ecosystem Classification for Northwestern Ontario and co-author of Terrestrial and Wetland Ecosites for Northwestern Ontario and Wetland Plants of Ontario. Al has contributed to environmental assessments for seven mine projects, 10+ hydroelectric projects, two wind farms, three major transmission lines, and six solar projects in northern Ontario. He was a member of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (2009 - 2014) and is currently a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). He holds a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. from Lakehead University.


Northern Bioscience works regularly with a network of skilled and highly experienced resource professionals. We assemble multi-disciplinary teams as required to best address individual project requirements, level of complexity, and available budget. We maintain strategic alliances with other firms to deliver a wider range of services as necessary.