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Peter Quinby, AFER's founder has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Scientist since 2004.  Dr. Quinby has studied landscape ecology and conservation for the past four decades.  He received his masters degree from Yale University, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and he was formerly a Certified Senior Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America.  For his doctorate, he studied old-growth forests in Algonquin Park, and he has conducted ecological field studies throughout Ontario, the northeastern U.S., in the Canadian arctic and in Central America.
He was a professor at numerous universities including Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Quinby has published many scientific articles (see below) and technical reports addressing the topics of old-growth forest and landscape ecology, natural areas management, wildlife habitat assessment, wildlife corridor design, and species-at-risk. He is co-author of the book, Ontario's Old-growth Forests, now on its 2nd edition. His/AFER work has been cited in at least 60 different refereed journals and many other publications by researchers throughout the world. 

Recent & Select Publications


Conserving the Catchacoma Forest  Documentary Film by Mitch Bowmile (2022)

Decline of Regional Ecological Integrity: Loss, distribution and natural heritage value of roadless areas in Ontario, Canada

     Environmental Challenges (2022)

Natural landscapes do so much for us.  What are we doing to protect them? (2022)

Ontario's Old-growth Forests, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2nd edition (2021)

Protecting Roadless Areas: Our Best Shot at Protecting Ecological Integrity, Ontario Nature Blog (2021)

Roadless Areas in Algonquin Park, Presentation: The People's Summit (CPAWS-Wildlands League; 2021)

Evaluating Regional Wildlife Corridor Mapping: A Case Study of Breeding Birds in Northern New York State,               Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (2006)

Scale of Ecological Representation: A Case Study of Old-Growth Forest Conservation in Temagami, Ontario,                 Canada, Natural Areas Journal (2001)

First-year impacts of shelterwood logging on understory vegetation in an old-growth pine stand in central Ontario,         Canada, Environmental Conservation (2000)

Opportunities for Wildlife Habitat Connectivity between Algonquin Provincial Park and the Adirondack Park, Wild         Earth (2000), AFER Report

Self-replacement in Old-growth White Pine Forests of Temagami, Ontario, Forest Ecology & Management (1991)

The contribution of ecological science to the development of landscape ecology: a brief history, Landscape                   Research (1988)

An Index to Fire Incidence, Canadian Journal of Forest Research (1987)

A Review of the Selection and Design of the Forested Nature Reserves in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Natural Areas           Journal (1986)


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