Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
R0C 2Z0

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IWWR’s scientists are world authorities in wetland and waterfowl biology and ecology. Their research helps guide conservation programs now and in the future.

Members of our core team have expertise in wetland and spatial ecology, avian demography, statistics, GIS technology, ecosystem services, carbon cycling, knowledge transfer and boreal ecology and more. You can find them hard at work in a variety of habitats: research sites, boardrooms, laboratories, university classrooms and offices.

No matter what they do, or where they work, our flock takes to wetland and waterfowl conservation like…ducks to water.

Michael Anderson, Ph.D.

Emeritus Scientist

Co-founder of IWWR, engaged in several national and international waterfowl management working groups.

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Llwellyn Armstrong, M.Sc.

(Retired – 2024)

Designing, analyzing and sharing research results.

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Pascal Badiou, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Conducting watershed research to help create and inform sound, sustainable wetland policies that protect our water and offset the impacts of climate change.

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Lauren Bortolotti, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Using science to guide conservation investments and grow public support for conservation

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Catherine Brown, M.Sc.

Knowledge mobilization specialist

Leading science mobilization and sharing enthusiasm for scientific information.

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Andrew Collard, B.Sc.

Research Technician Crew Lead

Leading on the ground activities to safely collect sound scientific data.

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Jim Devries, Ph.D.

(Retired - 2023)

Co-ordinating research and providing key feedback to enhance conservation program delivery.

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Matt Dyson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Evaluating the behavioural and demographic responses of waterfowl to landscape change to improve conservation delivery.

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Bob Emery, B.Sc.

(Retired - 2021)

Helped our understanding of the impact of landscape and environmental change on waterfowl; evaluated the restoration of large marsh complexes.

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Shane Gabor, M.Sc.

(Retired - 2022)

Partnering with volunteers and staff to acquire the funds necessary for conservation and IWWR’s most important research initiatives.

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David Geller

Administrative Specialist - IWWR

Applying a wealth of financial and administrative experience to ensure efficient, effective use of resources.

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Ian Glass, M.L.I.S.

Research Librarian

Maintaining our vast information collection to support and inform conservation research.

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Vanessa Harriman, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Answering key research questions, building partnerships, and translating knowledge into conservation delivery programs.

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David Howerter, Ph.D.

(Retired - 2022)

Using scientific information to guide conservation investments.

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Paige Kowal, M.Sc.

Research Biologist

Providing geospatial analyses and helping quantify ecosystem services.

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Michele Nicholson - National Manager, IWWR

Michele Nicholson, M.Sc.

National Manager, IWWR

Leading the IWWR team by overseeing research planning and implementation, with a focus on developing the knowledge needed to achieve Ducks Unlimited Canada's top priorities.

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Bryan Page, M.Sc.

Research Biologist

Helping to quantify the ecosystem services that wetlands provide.

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James Paterson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Testing how habitat change and conservation solutions affect biodiversity.

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Ashley Pidwerbesky, M.Sc.

Biologist

Measuring the benefits of wetland restoration for waterfowl productivity and overall biodiversity.

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Samuel Robinson - Research Scientist

Samuel Robinson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Researching conservation and agriculture in working landscapes, and using science to improve agricultural sustainability in Canada.

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Stuart Slattery, Ph.D.

National Science Analyst, IWWR

Helping ensure DUC’s actions are grounded in science and recognized as valuable to society.

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Haven Soto, M.Sc.

Operations Coordinator

Coordinating and supporting research and program delivery.

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Lee van Ardenne, M.Sc.

Research Biologist

Specializes in the research of wetland carbon storage and ecosystem services.

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Dale Wrubleski, Ph.D.

(Retired - 2021)

Conducted research to help influence future wetland habitat restoration efforts.

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