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Nigel Lester

Job Title: Fisheries Scientist
Employer: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Place of Birth: High Wycombe, Bucks, England
High School attended: Stanstead College, Stanstead, P.Q
Further Education: Queen's University (B.Sc., M.Sc.), University of Sussex, Brighton, England (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research is focused on the development of fisheries models and assessment methods needed for cost effective management of the numerous small inland lakes of Ontario. Whereas traditional methods of fisheries management based on monitoring are applicable on large economically important lakes such as the Great Lakes, such methods are impractical when the resource is divided into many small units, ranging in size from 10 to 10000 hectares. Here, one requires models that predict the effects of stress (e.g., exploitation, habitat degradation, species invasions) on the abundance and health of fish species in various types of lakes. Predictions from these models supply fisheries managers with guidelines about sustainable levels of fishing and critical habitat requirements for fish.

Recent Publications:

Shuter, B.J., M. L. Jones, R. M. Korver and N. P. Lester. 1998. A general life history based model for regional management of fish stocks: the inland lake trout fisheries of Ontario. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 55: 2161-2177.

Lester, N. P., K. Cornelisse, L. Greig, C. K. Minns and M. Jones. 1997. Proceedings of the 1997 Science for Fish Habitat Management Workshop. Can. MS. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2439

Lester, N. P., W. I. Dunlop and C. C. Willox. 1996. Detecting changes in the nearshore fish community. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 53(Suppl. 1): 391-402.

Lewis, C. A., N. P. Lester, A. D. Bradshaw, J. E. Fitzgibbon, K. Fuller, L. Hakanson and C. Richards. 1996. Considerations of scale in habitat conservation and restoration. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 53(Suppl. 1): 440-445.