Researcher Profile

C. Scott Findlay

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: University of Ottawa
Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON, Canada
High School attended: Seaway District High School
Further Education: Queen's University (B.Sc. - 1981, Hon Biology), University of Toronto (Ph.D. - 1988, Zoology)
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northeastern U.S.A., Venezuela, Belize

Brief synopsis of current research:
My current research program is concerned with developing predictive models of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem response to human activities ("anthropgenic stress"). The program includes two major components:

(1) the use of mathematical, statistical and computer- simulation techniques to predict the risks posed by anthropogenic stresses to ecosystems;
(2) testing of these predictions through field studies. With respect to aquatic ecosystems, my research has focused on assessing the risks posed to (i) southeastern Ontario wetland biodiversity by forest conversion and road construction on adjacent lands; (ii) native minnow communities by fish stocking and exotic gamefish introductions; and (iii) sturgeon populations in the lower Saskatchewan River by commercial exploitation and hydroelectric dam operations.

Recent Publications:

Findlay, C.S., L. Zheng and D. Bert. 1999. The effect of introduced piscivores on native minnow communities in Adirondack lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (in press).

Findlay, C.S. and J. Bourdages. 1999. Response time of wetland biodiversity to road construction on adjacent lands. Conservation Biology (in press).

Findlay, C.S. and L. Zheng. 1999. Estimating risks to wetland biodiversity using cross-validated multiple regression and cross-validated holographic neural networks. Ecological Modeling 119: 57-72.

Findlay, C.S. and J. Houlahan. 1997. Anthropogenic correlates of biodiversity in southeastern Ontario wetlands. Conservation Biology 11: 1000-1009

Chapleau, F., C.S. Findlay and E. Szenasy. 1997. Impact of fish introductions on fish species richness of small lakes in Gatineau Park, Québec. EcoScience 4: 259-268

Comments:
Canada has a well-deserved world-class reputation in aquatic sciences. Historically, this reputation was based on the contrubitions of Canadian scientists to our understanding of how aquatic ecosystems work. Increasingly, however, we face a number of serious threats to our aquatic resources from pollution, habitat loss and overexploitation. Reducing these threats requires not only an understanding of how aquatic ecosystems work, but also about the processes that drive human exploitation of them. In my view, the effective management of Canada's aquatic resources in the future will require scientists able to address both the biological and sociocultural dimensions of the management of aquatic ecosystems.