Threats to Georgian Bay wetlands: the interview with wetland ecologist Dr. Janice Gilbert

Dr. Janice Gilberet in the wetlands

Dr. Janice Gilbert is especially noted and quoted frequently for her work on invasive Phragmites control; which is her passionate mission. She is a wetland ecologist with a PH.D and MSc in Environmental Science from Ohio State Univiersity, and MES and BES degrees from the University of Waterloo.

She kindly agreed to answer questions for Georgian Bay Forever around threats to wetlands in the Great Lakes region. See the links below:

Question and Answer links:

Detailed Bio of Dr. Janice Gilbert
Recent activities:
  • Private Consultant, Langton, ON: April 2010 – present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo: November 2015
  • Phragmites Advisor, Nature Conservancy of Canada: April 2015- present
  • Scientific Advisor, Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative: November 2012- present
  • Founder, Co-Chair, Ontario Phragmites Working Group: December 2011- present
  • Research Associate, University of Windsor/ Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium: coastal wetland assessments, May 2011- present
  • Scientific Advisor, Rondeau Provincial Park: Phragmites Management Program, June 2007 – present
  • Wetland Ecologist, Lake Erie Management Unit, OMNR: designed, conducted, managed major coastal wetland assessments; designed, initiated, conducted Invasive Phragmites Control Pilot Projects; Co-authored OMNR Invasive Phragmites BMP document, June 2004- March 2010
  Phragmites related experience:
  • Investigating invasive Phragmites impacts and appropriate control methods within sensitive Great Lakes coastal habitats since 2007
  • Lead author on over 50 invasive Phragmites related reports and presentations
  • Provided Phragmites control advice to: Rondeau Provincial Park, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Turkey Point Provincial Park, Point Farms Provincial Park, Long Point Provincial Park, Windsor Essex Parkway Infrastructure Construction Project, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Municipality of Kincardine, Municipality of Saugeen Shores, Sauble Beach, Oliphant, Saugeen First Nation, Grand Bend, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Lee Brown Marsh, City of St. Thomas, Bruce Power, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, Georgian Bay Forever
  • Researching/assessing wetland ecosystems for over 19 yrs (Northern and Southern Ontario, Ohio, Washington State)
  Education:
  • D., MSc., Environmental Science, Ohio State University
  • MES, BES, University of Waterloo
  • BEd, Brock University
  • Forest Recreation Technician, Sir Sandford Fleming College
  Member of: International Association of Great Lakes Research, Society of Wetland Scientists, Ecological Society of America, Society for Ecological Restoration, Ontario Invasive Plant Council