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Allan G. Harris

136 S. Hill St.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 3V1
(807) 346-4950 (work)
(807) 344-7213 (home)

Profile

I am a biologist with 15 years experience in northern Ontario. My recent focus has been on land classification and wetland ecology in northwestern Ontario. I am senior author of Wetland Ecosystem Classification for Northwestern Ontario and co-author of Terrestrial and Wetland Ecosites for Northwestern Ontario and Wetland Plants of Ontario. I have a strong background in population monitoring of wildlife, particularly songbirds, and woodland caribou habitat inventory. I have extensive knowledge of northern Ontario flora and fauna, strong project management skills, data analysis expertise, and excellent communication skills.

Employment

Principal
Northern Bioscience

1996 - present
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Co-founder and principal of Northern Bioscience, an ecological consulting firm offering professional consulting services supporting ecosystem management, planning and research. Some recent projects include:

Workshops and training

  • I delivered workshops to OMNR District, Regional and forest industry staff on wetland classification (Thunder bay 1998; Dryden, 1997; Geraldton, 1996); air photo interpretation of wetland ecosites (Sault Ste. Marie, January 1997); an overview of northwestern Ontario wetland ecosystem classification and wetland ecosites to District and Regional staff (10 presentations, November - December 1996); field training of OMNR summer staff on ecosite classification (June 1996).

Data collection

  • field verification of aerial photo interpretation of ecosites
  • collected environmental and vegetation data from 200 wetland plots in northeastern Ontario.
  • mark-recapture study of small mammals at the Fallingsnow Lake Ecosystem Study
  • collection of data from OMNR district offices on vulnerable, threatened and endangered species.

Data analysis

  • multivariate analysis comparing ecological and environmental data of young forest stands in comparison with mature stands
  • a gap analysis of the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
  • compiling OMNR Growth and Yield data for factsheet production

Report writing

  • Ecological Land Classification data standards manual (in prep.)
  • Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) report on woodland caribou in Ontario
  • rewrite of the Forest Management Guidelines for Woodland Caribou in Ontario
  • a detailed list of publications is attached

Environmental assessment

  • wetland evaluation of the William Bog, Pearson Township Wetland, Atikokan Basin A Wetland
  • environmental impact statements for landowners in Thunder Bay
  • life science inventories for Granite Point Conservation Area and Windigo Bay Provincial Park.

Wetland ecologist
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

1992-1996
Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • described and assessed plant communities with OMNR's Ecological Land Classification program (approximately 600 forest and wetland sites across northwestern Ontario)
  • developed ecological-based classification systems leading to publication of field guides to wetland ecosystems and terrestrial and wetland ecosites
  • designed sampling and field testing programs
  • trained and supervised seven-person field crew
  • analysed and interpreted data
  • wrote and edited field guides
  • conducted workshops and extension calls

Caribou habitat biologist
Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources

1989-1992
Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • examined landforms, soils, and vegetation in relation to caribou habitat use across northwest region
  • developed caribou habitat supply maps based on Forest Resource Inventory Maps, aerial photographs, remote sensing data and ground truthing
  • prepared a management plan addressing long term habitat require-ments
  • participated in negotiations with forest companies
  • developed a video describing woodland caribou issues in northern Ontario

Peregrine falcon biologist
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

1990
Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • conducted a peregrine falcon hacking program at a remote cliff top site
  • trained and supervised four field crew employees
  • co-ordinated volunteer participants
  • selected a suitable release site, cared for, and fed falcons, monitored the free-flying birds
  • wrote summary report

Field crew supervisor
Canadian Wildlife Service

1989

  • field co-ordinator for a project testing the Northwestern Ontario Forest Ecosystem Classification as a tool for describing songbird habitat
  • supervised four-person field crew
  • censused forest birds by song

Field technician
Lakehead University

1985 - 1986
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Collected precipitation and ground water samples at the Hawkeye Lake Biogeochemical Study took stream chemistry, hydrological and meteorological readings
Maintained buildings and equipment on 120 ha research site

Education

M.Sc. Biology
Lakehead University

1988 - 1990
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thesis topic: Aspects of the vegetation, hydrology, water chemistry, and microclimate of Barclay's Bog, northwestern Ontario. Recipient of the Centre for Northern Studies student grant.

Hons. BSc. Wildlife Biology
University Of Guelph

1979 - 1983
Guelph, Ontario

Related Activities

  • Member of the Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Member of Society for Ecological Restoration
  • Certified OMNR Wetland Evaluator
  • Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
    • Member of executive 1987-1996; president 1994 -1996
    • Thunder Cape Bird Observatory Executive
    • Thunder Bay District Flora project leader
  • Breeding Bird Survey, 1991 - 1998
  • Ontario Herpetofaunal Summary
  • Ontario Mammal Atlas, Regional Coordinator 1990 - 1993
  • Forest Bird Monitoring Program, 1986 - 1998

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Northern Bioscience
(807) 346-4950 Rob Foster • (807) 344-7213 Al Harris