For contact information and directions to our Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, see here.
Fax: 613-533-6617 (Please be sure to indicate 'QUBS' in the message as this is a shared FAX line)
Mailing and Courier Address:
Queen's University Biological Station
280 Queen's University Road
RR #1, Elgin, Ontario K0G 1E0
From the east:
Off Hwy 15, take Chaffey's Lock Rd (turning west), go through the village of Chaffey's Lock, cross the Rideau Canal Bridge, go west approx. 2km past Indian Lake Rd and turn left onto Queen's University Rd.
From the west:
From Perth Rd, turn right (east) onto Opinicon Rd. (just north of Perth Road Village), follow road for approx. 20km; then turn right onto Queen's University Rd.
Please drive to the end of Queen's University Rd. where you will find a parking lot. After parking proceed to the Raleigh J. Robertson Biodiversity Centre where the offices of the Director and Manager are.
|Name||Position and Bio|
Dr. Stephen C. Lougheed
Director. Baillie Family Chair in Conservation Biology: Professor in Biology and Environmental Studies, who uses genetics, genomics and spatial ecology to help understand origins of species and impacts of human activities on species of conservation concern. Works and teaches all over the world spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America.
|Dr. Shelley Arnott||
Associate Director: Professor in Biology and aquatic ecologist who investigates the effect of local environmental conditions and regional connectivity on community composition and function. She uses a combination of lake surveys and field mesocosm experiments to determine how zooplankton communities respond to environmental changes that result from the spread of invasive species, climate change, aqueous calcium decline, and acidification.
Senior Manager, QUBS: After graduating with a M.Sc. in Biology from Queen's, Sonia worked in Nunavut for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs as project manager providing advice and project management services for the assessment and re-mediation of contaminated sites across the Canadian Arctic. In March 2008 she joined Institutional Programs with Queen’s Research Services facilitating successful applications to Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat, and the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Program. Sonia has spent several field seasons in remote locations in British Columbia, the Arctic and overseas.
Manager, Opinicon: Prior to completing his B.Sc. in ecology at the University of Guelph, Aaron worked on developing skills and knowledge in carpentry and automotive services. After completing his B.Sc. in 2012, Aaron worked with Bombardier Transportation providing mechanical and electrical maintenance to Go-Transit’s fleet of passenger locomotives. In 2014, Aaron undertook a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Biology from Carleton University. His M.Sc. focused on the physiological and behavioural impacts of stress during parental care in smallmouth bass. Following the completion of his M.Sc., Aaron continued into a PhD at Carleton, which he is currently doing part-time. Aaron’s PhD research focuses on the impacts of legacy recreational fisheries practises on black-bass ecology, physiology, and behaviour.
Interim Outreach and Teaching Coordinator: While completing her BA degree, which focused on Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at University of Toronto, Sarah volunteered in community tutoring programs and realised her desire to become a teacher. Sarah went on to complete her teacher training at Queen’s University, during which time she volunteered with Camp Outlook. Sarah thoroughly enjoyed the experience of taking youth out on camping trips – even when temperatures dropped below zero! Throughout her career, Sarah has volunteered and worked in various educational, outdoor ed, research, and social service roles. Sarah loves to be outdoors and in her spare time you will probably find her hiking, canoeing, or camping.
Head Cook/Kitchen Manager: Raised in Switzerland and immigrating with her immediate family to a Canadian dairy farm in her 15th year, Veronika is a "passionate foodie" and loves to share her gift with others. She owns and operates her catering business; Two Carats Catering. Veronika excels at delicious baking and flavourful and exciting salads, but also feels totally comfortable creating full course dinners for 300 + guests. She gets to show off her creative and artistic flair at the yearly community fundraiser dinner at QUBS, where her cakes are among the favourites. In her spare time she loves to travel and experience new food. She is an avid knitter, crocheter, sewer, quilter and is always looking to learn a new craft. As an continuous learner she looks forward to learning how to make cheese this winter. Veronika and her husband Henry have been living in Chaffey's Locks for the last 22 years. Where they have raised their 4 kids and are proud grandparents.
|Dr. Adriana Lopez-Villalobos||
Data & Collections Manager: Adriana completed her BSC and MSc at UNAM, México City, studying plant ecology and mating systems evolution. She moved to Canada to pursue her PhD on the ecology and evolution of species range limits, with particular focus on how variation in demography across species’ ranges influences genetic structure and, in turn, the adaptive potential of populations a species’ distribution. During her doctorate Adriana gained valuable data managing and analytical skills and worked in several herbaria in Oregon, California and México, where she became acquainted with the digitization processes and the curatorial aspects of botanical collections. Adriana is overseeing the expansion of the digital database, digitizing the Fowler herbarium collection and helping to monitor and maintain the 8 QUBS satellite-linked climate stations.
|Dr. Ivy Schoepf||
Research Coordinator: Ivy is an evolutionary biologist with strong interests in behavioural endocrinology. Her primary research focus on understanding adaptive phenotypic plasticity, particularly related to climatic or parasitic fluctuations. Over her career she has tackled a multitude of topics including sociality (mating systems in particular), dispersal, parents-offspring conflicts, maternal effects, personality and, most recently as a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University, host-parasite interactions. She started her career in biology when she moved from her native Italy to the UK to pursue a B.Sc. in Zoology at Queen Mary University of London and a M.Sc. in Conservation at University College London. After her MSc she moved to South Africa to gain field experience and was research station manager for a small mammal project. She followed her African experience with a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich in Switzerland on environmental causes and physiological consequences of social flexibility. Shortly after being PhD she returned to Africa to work as a postdoc at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she remained until 2016 when she moved to Canada and joined Queen’s University.
|Roger (Rod) Green||Maintenance Assistant|
|Adam Morcom||Manager, Elbow Lake: After completing his B.Sc. in analytical chemistry at the University of Regina, Adam moved to the United Kingdom and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for three years before returning Canada and working in the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and rubber polymer industries for the following decade. Adam has always had a strong connection with the outdoors and draws great enjoyment from canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and camping. He is also a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Charleston Lake Provincial Park, and other local stewardship and trail maintenance email@example.com|