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Renowned researcher to speak at Environment Haliburton AGM

By Angelica Ingram

On Saturday Feb. 20 Environment Haliburton will be hosting its annual general meeting featuring Dr. Norman Yan as the guest speaker.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Yan is also a member of York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability and director of the FLAMES Lab at the Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre.

“Dr. Yan has spent his working life studying lakes on the Laurentian Shield the factors that regulate the recovery of lakes from historical damage the influence of exotic species the influence of climate change and the influence of human development” wrote Carolynn Coburn of EH in an email to the paper.

Yan is a senior research scholar of the biology department at York University chairman of the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and has 50 years of experience doing environmental monitoring of area lakes.

“Yan’s professional goal is to understand the impacts of multiple environmental stressors on Canadian Shield lakes particularly on their animal plankton” wrote Coburn.

Following his work with the Ministry of Environment for 25 years Yan was hired by York University’s biology department in 2000 working there until his retirement in 2014.

He now splits his time between the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and running a B&B with his wife Sandy in Bracebridge.

He continues to pursue research and writing in his fields of interest including the impacts of invading predators and changes in climate.

“He has co-authored over 200 publications a body of fundamental and applied research that has garnered both provincial and national awards and in 2012 a fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada” wrote Coburn.

The AGM will be held at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall at Fleming College.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information contact Coburn at 705-754-9873 or visit