River Institute welcomes new scientist Dr. Mary Ann Perron

Above, Dr. Mary Ann Perron,newest member of the River Institute research team. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL — The River Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Mary Ann Perron as a new member of the River Institute research team. Mary Ann is a PhD graduate of the University of Ottawa in Aquatic Biology, with expertise in several disciplines including wetland ecology, botany, entomology, water chemistry, geographical information systems and multivariate statistics. She joins the River Institute research team as a Mitacs Post-Doctoral Fellow in partnership with the Mitacs Accelerate Program and the University of Ottawa. 

At the River Institute, she will work with Dr. Leigh McGaughey to develop a research program based on the Great River Rapport – an ecosystem health report for the Upper St. Lawrence River. She will be involved in determining and calculating the ecological health indicators that define the river ecosystem and as a fully bilingual scientist, she will liaise with the Francophone community for feedback and input on the project. 

“We are very excited to have Mary Ann join our team,” stated Dr. Jeff Ridal, Executive Director of the River Institute, “She brings expertise and breadth to the Institute, and I look forward to her contributions to our research program here at the River Institute.” 

Mary Ann is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys sharing her passion for nature with community members of all ages. “I am excited to join the incredible team at the River Institute and to discover more about the St. Lawrence River here in Cornwall,” she says, “I can’t think of a better place to combine work and my passion for the great outdoors!” 

The River Institute was established in 1994 as a unique community partnership involving government, education, business and industry, and the Mohawks of Akwesasne. Its mandate is environmental research and education with a focus on the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River ecosystem. To learn more about the Great River Rapport and upcoming events at the River Institute, visit www.riverinstitute.ca 

Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. Mitacs connects private sector companies and not-for-profit organizations to top research talent at Universities, Colleges and Polytechnics in Ontario, nationally and internationally. With financial support from the federal government and provincial governments across Canada, Mitacs arranges and helps fund research internships by post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows at private sector companies and not- for-profit organizations. Mitacs internships provide invaluable, applied research experience for post- secondary students who help companies to innovate, grow, create jobs and expand the economy. Find 

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