Photograph of Katie Tripp and Kelsey Atatise, Quetico Foundation Research Team working in the forest, collecting data

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Katie Tripp and Kelsey Atatise, Quetico Foundation Research Team

With the support of the Quetico Foundation, Kelsey and Katie have been involved in a number of research and monitoring projects important for the management of Quetico Provincial Park.

These projects include:

  • monitoring distribution and movement of invasive spiny water flea in lakes
  • collecting data to assess vulnerability of lake trout habitat to climate change
  • monitoring survival and regeneration of red and white pine after fire
  • collecting data to determine historical fire frequency in red pine and its impact on regeneration

This information is critical to the development of effective resource management plans for the park and assessing the effectiveness of management actions.

“I work in science because I’m interested in the natural environment, how it works, how I can help it survive the changes that humans are making to it and I just love the outdoors,” says Katie. “I love getting to go into the forest to try and understand how we can protect it better so it can continue being the place we all love. In my short career in the sciences field, I’ve had many male managers and leaders. I want to show other women that they can do it too and that there is a place for them. I want them to know they can participate and protect the land just as well as anyone else.”

 Read the full article on the Ontario Parks Blog