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Lynne Witty

Lynne Witty

Senior Invertebrate Taxonomist

Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

935 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury, ON

P3E 2C6

LWitty@laurentian.ca

t. 705-675-1151 ext.3108

f. 705-671-3857


Originally from the Sudbury Region, Lynne earned her Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology from Laurentian University in 1994.  Following graduation she gained practical experience by working for N.A.R. Environmental Consultants, traveling throughout Northeastern Ontario doing aquatic field work.  In 1995, she left town to attend Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, earning an “Integrated Resource Management” technology diploma in 1997.  After returning to Sudbury, Lynne spent time in Africa doing intensive aquatic field work for Agra Earth and Environmental Consultants.  From 1998 to 1999, she undertook a one year internship in Windsor Ontario at the International Joint Commission, a bi-national organization overseeing issues dealing with the Great Lakes.

Shortly after returning to Sudbury in 1999, Lynne began working at the Co-op Unit as a zooplankton taxonomist.  She is now the Senior Aquatic Invertebrate Taxonomist for the Co-op Unit and provides taxonomic services to several environmental agencies throughout Canada.  Her research focuses on using biological communities to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems and data she generates supports a 30 year+ zooplankton database.

Currently Lynne’s primary duties involve the identification of zooplankton to species and biomass/density assessments using the computerized “ZEBRA2m” program.  She also identified benthos to family for the RCA Project when the project first began, in 2003, and occasionally in subsequent years.  As well, Lynne trains and supervises Co-op Unit staff, students from Laurentian and other associated Universities, and personnel from outside environmental agencies in the identification of aquatic invertebrates.  She has produced two practical guides pursuant to this goal which have been widely distributed to interested parties.