Contact Information, Directions & QUBS Personnel

For contact information and directions to our Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centresee here.

Telephone: 613-359-5629
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

​Driving Instructions:

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.

QUBS Personnel

  Name Position and Bio E-mail
Lougheed Photo

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.
Arnott Photo 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.
Sonia Nobrega Sonia Nobrega

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.

Justine Macdonald

Operations & Stewardship Manager, Opinicon:

Justine holds a BA in English from York University and an MA in Applied Language from Carlton University.  From tree planting to teaching, Justine brings a wide range of skills and experience to QUBS.  Most recently, Justine taught EAL at Queen’s School of English where she was a key developer and teacher of the Queen’s Career Gateway programme, an employment pathway for casual employees from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, often newcomers to Canada. As the pioneering teacher of this highly successful programme, Justine received a Queen’s staff award in 2022.  

Justine also spent a year teaching grade seven in in a remote northern Ontario community where she gathered data for her MA thesis on Indigenous literacies. Always passionate about nature and the environment, Justine was a tree planter and a tree thinner for two years, also in Northern Ontario.  Along the way, Justine has developed a variety of management, building and carpentry skills, and has worked as an installer, coordinator, and project manager for both residential and commercial construction companies.   Justine also had her own business installing hardwood floors and tiles. There are few practical skills she has not acquired and none that she is not happy to learn.  Justine is delighted that her education and experience, both formal and informal, have come together so serendipitously in her position at the Opincon campus of the Biological Station.

photo of Emily Verhoek Emily Verhoek

Outreach and Teaching Coordinator: Following her Biology degree from the University of Guelph, she spent several years working with fish, wildlife, and plants with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Realizing her passion for educating, she completed her teacher training at Queen’s and went on to work in several outdoor education roles, as a classroom teacher, and an educational content developer for online resources. Emily is the co-chair of the Lanark County Stewardship Council.
  Gail Marshall

Head Cook/Kitchen Manager
Green Photo Roger (Rod) Green

Maintenance Assistant


Operations Coordinator, Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre:  VACANT

Please send queries to


Undergraduate Staff: Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) and Work Study Staff

We are grateful to the funding provided by the SWEP and Work Study programs, providing experiential learning opportunities for Queen’s undergraduate students working at the Biological Station.

Current staff

  Len Whittaker:  Education Assistant: Len is a Kingston native and a third-year undergraduate student in Environmental Science at Trent University. This summer, they'll be helping to develop and deliver environmental education programming at Elbow Lake and Queen's Point. They love learning about the natural world, drawing, and their pet isopods.
  Alex Brandt:   Conservation Research Intern:
  Olivia Wiley:  Conservation Research Intern:
  Grace Mirza:  Field and Stewardship Intern:
  Hannah Besrai: Field and Stewardship Intern:
  Jacqueline Edwards: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Director: 
  Emma Rychliwsky: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: 
  Marissa Gelinas: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: 
  Livia Wells: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: Livia is a third-year Coned/ Biology student at Queens University. This is her second year being a counsellor at Eco-Adventure camp and she could not be more excited! She loves spending time exploring nature, hiking and learning new things, as well as getting active whether it be climbing, swimming or running.
  Willow Salsky: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: 
  Gavin Cordon: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor:

Click here for a list of our Past Undergraduate Staff