Graduate: Barb Elliot
Barb is a full-time professor in the Ecosystem Management Program at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario.
She has been at the College since 1995 and teaches a wide range of subjects to students at the first, second and third year levels, including: Ecology and Environment; Skills for Stewardship and Sustainability; Ecology: Concepts and Linkages; Aquatic Ecosystems, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment, Ecosystem Heath, and others. She has travelled to Costa Rica, South Africa and Moose Factory with second year Ecosystem Management (EM) students as a faculty supervisor and mentor.
Prior to her work at the College, Barb served as Education Coordinator at the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre near Dorset, Ontario, and as Program Manager at Bark Lake Leadership Centre. She has also worked as a naturalist at provincial and national parks in Georgian Bay Islands and Algonquin Park respectively.
Barb is a certified teacher and graduate from the University of Guelph where she majored in Fisheries Biology. She also completed her Masters of Education degree from Athabasca University, and is a Certified trainer in the Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) protocol. She recently received certification as an Aquatic Taxonomist with the Society of Freshwater Science, a North-American-wide accreditation body.
Barb has lived and worked in the Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes region since 1985, and has canoed on, camped on, and made her home on countless lakes and waterways in this region, including the Hawks and Halls Lake, and most recently the Gull River in Coboconk, Ontario. Her passions include teaching, running, gardening, fishing, canoeing/camping, observing nature, identifying aquatic invertebrates, exploring marine and freshwater ecosystems, dragon boat racing, and spending time with her family and friends. She has completed 7 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2006, 2007 and most recently in April of 2011. This achievement fulfilled a lifetime goal for Barb, to complete this world-renowned running event 3 times in her running career that now spans almost 5 decades.