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Over the years, MTRI has been part of many publications - from informative guides to newsletters, annual reports to educational posters, or Volunteer News booklets to scientific articles.    


Scientific Articles

Many of our researchers and collaborators have published interesting and informative scientific articles about their work in Nova Scotia.  Here are some of them: 

Headley, J.A. A. J. Lavers, J. L. MacMillan, and D. Reid. 2018. The trout fishery of the upper Medway watershed, Nova Scotia, 2016-17. Proceedings of the Nova Scotia Institute of Science. 49: 253-268.

Pearson, K., R. Cameron, and R. T. McMullin. 2018. Habitat associations and distribution model for Fuscopannaria leucosticta in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Lichenologist. 50: 487-497.

Berry, A., A. Lavers, and S. Mitchell. 2018. Old forest policy and regulatory frameworks in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with a comparison to British Columbia. The Forestry Chronicle. 94: 13-19.

Clapp, H. and T. Neily. 2017. Spahagnum cyclophyllum: a second site in Nova Scotia for a rare Sphagnum moss. Evansia. 34: 6-8.

McMullin, T., D. Ure, M. Smith, H. Clapp, and Y. Wiersma. 2017.
Ten years of monitoring air quality and ecological integrity using field-identifiable lichens at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ecological indicators 81: 214-221.

Cameron, R. and B. Toms. 2016. Population decline of endangered lichen Erioderma pedicellatum in Nova Scotia, Canada. Botany. 94: 565-571.

Diane LaRue. 2016. Natural regeneration of the globally rare Geum peckii (Rosaceae) on Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Rhodora: July 2016, Vol. 118, No. 975, pp. 310-314.

Imlay, T.L., J. Saroli, T. B. Herman, S. W. Mockford. 2015. Movements of the Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus) in Nova Scotia. Canadian Field Naturalist 129 (4): 379-385.

Bowman, M., C. Nussbaumer, and N. Burgess. 2014. Community Composition of Lake Zooplankton, Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Forage Fish Across a pH Gradient in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 225:2211. 

Nussbaumer, C., N. Burgess, and R. Weeber. 2014. Distribution and abundance of benthic macroinvertebrates and zooplankton in lakes in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada, Nova Scotia. Canadian Field Naturalist 128(1): 1–24.

Cameron, R., Gouldie, I. and D. Richardson. 2013.  Habitat loss exceeds habitat regeneration for an IUCN flagship lichen epiphyte: Erioderma pedicellatum. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  43(11): 1075-1080.

Cameron, R.P., Neily, T. and H. Clapp. 2013.  Forest harvesting impacts on mortality of an endangered lichen at the landscape and stand scales.  Candian Journal of Forest Research.  43(5): 507-511.

Anderson, Frances and T.H. Neily. 2012.  New and Noteworthy Macrolichen Records for Nova Scotia. Evansia.  29(1):1-3.

Cameron, R.P., Neily, T. and S.R. Clayden. 2011.  Distribution prediction model for Erioderma mollissimum in Atlantic Canada. The Bryologist.  114(1): 231-238.

Gilhen, J., Jones, A., McNeil, J. and A. Tanner. 2012.  A Significant Range Extention for the Eastern Ribbonsnake, Thamnophis sauritus, in Nova Scotia, Canada.  The Canadian Field-Naturalist.  126: 231-233.

LaRue, Diane. 2012. Native Plants common to Florida and Nova Scotia.  Palmetto. Volume 29:2, Spring 2012: 12-15.

Neily, Tom and Frances Anderson. 2010. Leptogium hibernicum Mitch. ex P. M. Jorg. discovered in North America. The Lichenologist. 42: 629-630. 

Lefebvre, J. , T. Avery, and T. Herman. 2011. Size dimorphism and growth rates in distinct populations of Blanding's Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) in Nova Scotia in relation to environment. Herptological Conservation and Biology. 6(3): 465-472.

Lavers, Amanda and Darien Ure. 2010. Collaborative Research, Monitoring, and Management of Aquatic Health and Landscape Connectivity in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. In S. Bondrup-Nielsen, K. Beazley, G. Bissix, D. Colville, S. Flemming, T. Herman, M. McPherson, S. Mockford, and S. O’Grady (Eds). 2010. Ecosystem Based Management: Beyond Boundaries. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of Science and the Management of Protected Areas, 21–26 May 2007, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Science and Management of Protected Areas Association, Wolfville, NS.


M. T. Moroni and D. A. J. Ryan. 2009. Deadwood abundance in recently harvested and old Nova Scotia hardwood forests. Forestry. 83: 219-227.

Tom Neily and Francis Anderson completed research for the NSDNR Species at Risk Fund on lichens that are found in calcareous areas. Read the report here.  


Volunteer Newsletters

MTRI works collaboratively with Parks Canada, Acadia University, Bear River First Nations, and other industry, government, and community groups to deliver engaging volunteer programs to local communities. Species at Risk is the focal point of our efforts, and each year since 2006 we have collaborated in the creation of these "Volunteers News" booklets, which are yours to view below.






Parks Canada State of Park Report for Kejimkujik 2011


Parks Canada State of Park Technicial Compendium for Kejimkujik 2010


Terrestrial Liming-Lahave, Gold, Medway Watersheds


 Analysis of vegetation cover in Big Meadow Bog, on Brier Island, Nova Scotia (1955-2015)



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