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Jane Rutherford

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Wilfrid Laurier University
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Harold Wagner PS (Waterloo); Forest Hill PS (Kitchener); Queensmount Senior PS (Kitchener)
High School attended: Forest Heights Collegiate Institute (Kitchener)
Further Education: University of Waterloo (B.Sc., M.Sc.), University of Toronto (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario

Brief synopsis of current research:
Long-term study of the structure of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities of the Grand River, from Belwood Lake (the Shand Dam), to West Montrose, with emphasis on:
- determining longitudinal changes in structure (abundances,diversity, richness, etc.) as related to physical & environmental factors
- responses of the communities to environmental stressors (low flows, elevated temperatures, associated with "drought")
- response of invertebrate communities to stocking of trout in these reaches of the river


Recent Publications:

Rutherford, J.E. 1995. Patterns of dispersion of aquatic insects colonizing artificial substrates in a southern Ontario stream. Can.J.Zool. 73: 458 - 468.