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AFER's founder has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Scientist since 2004.  Dr. Quinby has studied landscape ecology for the past four decades.  He received his masters degree from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and he is a Certified Senior Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America.  For his doctorate, he studied old-growth forests in Algonquin Park and has conducted forest ecology 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 and technical reports addressing the topics of old-growth and forest 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 more than 50 different refereed journals and many other publications.

Chair and Chief Scientist

Dr. Peter Quinby

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Carling earned her Master of Environmental Science degree at the University of  Toronto and has been involved in a variety of biological conservation initiatives, from flying squirrel research in Haliburton Forest, to species at risk policy implementation in Ontario and across the country. She continues to support these initiatives through volunteer work with the Kawartha Wildlife Centre. Outside of the office, Carling enjoys visiting the many parks and lakes in the area and dreams of someday visiting old-growth forests on the west coast.

Forest Ecologist & Outreach Coordinator

Carling Dewar

When she isn't hugging trees, Laura is our part-time right-hand help. She comes to us as a Masters student from Trent University after earning her BES in Environment, Resource, and Sustainability from the University of Waterloo. She is ELC certified and loves assessing forest landscapes and taking inventories. Laura has worked as an environmental scientist, urban forest projects coordinator, tree planting leader, and various other environmentally-focused roles with a variety of non-profits, private companies, and the public sector. With an environmental management background and two diplomas in Environmental Assessments and Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation, we are excited to have her broad knowledge on board. 

Project Facilitator & Forest Ecologist

Laura Collings

Hayley studied forest ecology while completing her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the University of Guelph with a focus on botany, however her interest in old-growth forests was sparked while visiting Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, and has inspired her to find old-growth forests closer to home. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Ontario’s lakes and rivers by canoe, spending time at her family cottage, and backcountry camping. Hayley is now working towards her goal of becoming a forester through the Forestry Technician program at Algonquin College.

Old-Growth Forest Science Summer Intern

Hayley McGregor