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.


Operations & Stewardship Manager, Opinicon: POSITION VACANT  

Please forward general queries to

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

Justine Macdonald

Operations Coordinator, Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre:  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 Elbow Lake.  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 Elbow Lake.


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

  Charlize Pulcine:  Outreach and Stewardship Intern: Charlize is going into her fourth year of Environmental Studies with a Certificate in Law at Queen's University. This is her first year working at QUBS as the Outreach and Education Intern, where she works to facilitate educational programming and various outreach efforts for the station and Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. She is passionate about environmentalism and in her free time, loves to be outdoors, travel, and be with friends.
  Max Hammer:   Conservation Research Intern: Max is going into his second year as a Biology student at Queen's University. He works alongside Janice as a Conservation Research intern, and is involved in two long-term monitoring projects studying Tree Swallows and Gray Ratsnakes. He loves music and being surrounded by nature.
  Janice Yu:  Conservation Research Intern: Janice is a third-year student at Queen's University specializing in behavioural neuroscience. As one of the Conservation Research Interns, she works alongside Max to collect data on multiple long term research projects including the Tree Swallow population and the endangered Gray Ratsnake species. She loves the sunshine and enjoys swimming and crafting in her free time!
  Sarah Van Den Heuvel:  Field and Stewardship Intern: Sarah is going into her third year of Biology at Queen's University. She works alongside Chris as a Field and Stewardship intern. Sarah's work consists of a variety of long term projects such as snake nest boxes, turtle monitoring, and fisheries monitoring as well as trail maintenance and invasive species mapping and control. She hopes to find a career in marine biology and conservation. 
  Chris Lewis Field and Stewardship Intern: Chris is going into his 5th year at Queen's University. Chris works with Sarah to maintain many of the long term research projects at QUBS as well as maintaining the trails and land tracts around the property. He studies terrestrial ecology and botany, and is pursuing a career in environmental conservation and restoration. Chris is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys to spend his free time kayaking in coastal B.C.
  Melissa Kehoe: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Director: Mel graduated Queen’s with a degree in Health Studies in 2018 and have been working with kids on the west coast in the ski and bike industry ever since. She is excited to lead such a unique program at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, and is committed to creating an exciting, safe and inclusive camp environment for every camper. 
  Chris Ponikvar: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: Chris is going into his third-year as a Biology and Concurrent Education student at Queens University. This is his first year as a counsellor at Eco-Adventure camp and is looking forward to spending his summer with the campers! Outside of camp, he is very involved in a variety of sports such as hockey, golf, baseball, soccer, and more! He also enjoys hiking, rollerblading, and biking.
  Michaela Bertram: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: Michaela is a second-year Biology student at Queens University. This is her first year at Eco-Adventure camp and is excited to meet everyone! In her free time, she loves hiking, drawing, camping and doing yoga. 
  Livia Wells: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: Livia is a second-year Coned/ Biology student at Queens University. This is her first 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.
  Hannah Aubin: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor: Hannah is heading into her third year at Queen’s University. She took general science in her first year and decided to major in chemistry this year. It will be her first summer working at EAC and she is so excited to be spending my summer outdoors! Some of her favourite hobbies include swimming, dancing, camping, hiking, and reading. 
  Tarra Tamang: Youth Environmental Educators (Eco-Adventure Camp), Counsellor:

Click here for a list of our Past Undergraduate Staff