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UOIT biologist to advise IJC on Great Lakes water quality

Dr. Andrea Kirkwood appointed by International Joint Commission

Lake Superior shoreline.
Lake Superior shoreline.

For more than a century, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has been responsible for the stewardship of the many lake and river systems along Canada’s border with the United States. Now for the first time, the IJC will have a connection to University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

The IJC’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board has appointed leading aquatic ecologist Andrea Kirkwood, PhD, to its Science Priority Committee (SPC). The Associate Professor with UOIT’s Faculty of Science will attend her first semi-annual IJC meeting in Washington, D.C. in mid-April.

The SPC provides scientific advice to the IJC on emerging issues in the Great Lakes that require scientific research and policy development.


“I am honored to be included with a select group of scientists from Canada and the United States to serve as scientific advisor to the IJC, which in turn will inform their management and policy decisions for the Great Lakes.”

-          Andrea Kirkwood, PhD, Associate Professor, UOIT Faculty of Science

"We are very proud to have the International Joint Commission recognize Dr. Kirkwood’s excellent track record and collaborative reputation in this way. I am sure she will bring a great deal of insight and thoughtfulness to the Science Advisory Board’s efforts on behalf of the IJC."

-          Greg Crawford, PhD, Dean, UOIT Faculty of Science

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