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Constance O'Connor

Director, Ontario Northern Boreal Program

Ontario Northern Boreal

Connie O’Connor is a freshwater ecologist and conservation biologist dedicated to finding conservation solutions for the globally important freshwater ecosystems of Canada’s boreal forests, and the people and the wildlife that rely on them. Connie leads WCS Canada’s research and conservation program in the Ontario Northern Boreal landscape.

Some of her current program highlights include leading a lake sturgeon monitoring program in collaboration with Moose Cree First Nation; identifying priority areas for freshwater fish biodiversity using conservation planning tools; and applying research results to improve planning, management, and policy. Connie is also a member of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Subcommittee of COSEWIC, and an Adjunct Professor at Lakehead University.

Before joining WCS Canada, Connie completed her PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she used advanced telemetry and field physiology techniques to study how environmental stressors impact fish. Next Connie completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University, where she was awarded the prestigious Alice Wilson Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for outstanding academic qualifications in science.

Resources


Stories and op-eds

More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom
2023-12-19

More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom

With a click of a mouse, mining interests have laid claim to more than 72,000 square kilometres of land in northern Ontario over the last five years.
Constance O'Connor
Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret
2021-05-21

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

For freshwater fish, northern Ontario is an aquatic haven.
Constance O'Connor, Meg Southee

Media coverage


Press releases

Ontario's Vision for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Renewing the Mineral Development Strategy
2015-07-09

Ontario's Vision for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Renewing the Mineral Development Strategy

Even though Ontario's mining sector has been in a downturn for the past two years, mining is still big business.

, C. O'Connor
© C. O'Connor
Areas of expertise
Freshwater fish Boreal Freshwater