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Les Stanfield

Job Title: Senior Research Biologist
Employer: Ministry of Natural Resources
Place of Birth: East York, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Gooderham Public School
High School attended: Wexford Collegiate
Further Education: University of Guelph (B.Sc.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario

Brief synopsis of current research:
1. Development of defensible tools (protocols, databases, models) to assist with the management of wadable streams. Research focusus on the hieararchical nature of watersheds and understanding/quantifying the influence of template (geology climate etc) and modifier (landuse biotic interactions etc)variables have at influencing habitat quality and productive capacity.

2.Investigating the feasibility of reestablishing Atlantic salmon into Lake Ontario. Research to date has focused on riverine conditions.

3. Developing tools that transcend the boundaries of science to enable community groups to understand how ecosystems work and how better to manage them. Product, the Watershed Reprot Card


Recent Publications:

Stanfield, L. W. and M. L. Jones (1998). A comparison of a full station visual and transect based methods of conducting habitat surveys in support of habitat Suitability Index models for southern Ontario. N. Amer. Jour. Fish. Man. 18(3): 657 - 675.

Stanfield, L. W. , M. Jones, M. Stoneman, B. Kilgour, J. Parish, G. Wichert. 1998. Stream assessment protocol for southern Ontario. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, internal publication. Glenora, Ont.

Jones, M. L., and L. W. Stanfield. 1993. Effects of exotic juvenile salmonines on growth and survival of juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in a Lake Ontario tributary. Pages 71-79 in R. J. Gibson and R. E. Cutting, editors. Production of juvenile Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, in natural waters. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 118.

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