A special symposium titled “A retrospective of fisheries advances emanating from the Queen’s University Biological Station” was held Monday Aug 18. Seven presentations covered a range of topics, from the foundations of community ecology laid by the late Dr. J. Allen Keast to more recent and current research:
- Jennifer Harker – Foundations of freshwater ecology – the legacy of Dr. Allen Keast
- Dr. Bryan Neff (UWO) – Sunfishes of Opinicon: Mating tactics to foraging ecology
- Jeff Koppleman (DNR – Missouri) – Hybridization among sunfishes – the saga continues
- Dr. Steve Cooke (Carleton U) – Black bass parental care – where behaviour and physiology meet
- Caleb Hasler (U of Illinois) – Warner Lake: Using a whole-lake acoustic telemetry array to understand Largemouth Bass
- Julie Claussen (INHS) – Impacts of invasive species on Smallmouth Bass reproduction in the St. Lawrence River
The sessions were well-attended and culminated in a panel discussion focused on the role of field stations in research and the challenges into the future.