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Dr. Michael Schummer to serve as Interim Scientist for Long Point Waterfowl

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Long Point Waterfowl has named Dr. Michael Schummer as Interim Scientist to sustain the organizations strong tradition of delivering waterfowl and wetlands science in the Great Lakes region and towards training the next generation of waterfowl and wetlands scientists. The Honourable Warren Winkler, Chair of the Long Point Waterfowl Board of Directors and former Chief Justice of Ontario, says, “Of utmost importance is re-affirming Long Point Waterfowl’s dedication to science in the Great Lakes region and continuing to promote university-based investigation of emerging conservation issues wherever Long Point birds go.” Dr. Schummer was among the original cohort of graduate students at Long Point Waterfowl where he studied the ecology of sea ducks and diving ducks wintering at Lake Ontario. He went on to become one of the most published students funded by Long Point Waterfowl. Since completion of his doctoral degree, he has authored or co-authored over 50% of Long Point Waterfowl’s peer-reviewed publications, served as the Waterfowl Biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 2005-2007, served as Maine’s representative on the Atlantic Flyway Technical Section 2005-2007, was a Research and Teaching Associate for Mississippi State University 2007-2010, and he again worked alongside the Long Point Waterfowl community 2010-2013. “Quality science and the education of the next generation of scientists are paramount to refining our conservation actions for waterfowl, wetlands, and people” Schummer said. Since inception, Long Point Waterfowl has been a strong contributor towards applied science for waterfowl and wetlands in eastern North America. Long Point Waterfowl is currently funding and/or providing guidance for 4 ongoing graduate research projects and developing manuscripts and technical documents from a diversity of completed projects. Current LPW students also continue to be supervised by Scott Petrie, Adjunct Professor at Western University. Among others, former students and employees of Long Point Waterfowl can be found working for the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited Inc., California Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission, a diversity of Canadian and US universities, and private environmental consulting and laboratory businesses. Dr. Schummer ends with “Waterfowl and wetlands in eastern North America have benefited from Long Point Waterfowl’s science-presence in the Great Lakes region”. Science products by Long Point Waterfowl are complimented by the substantial contributions of private and public affiliates in Canada and the US that do exceptionally well to raise funds aimed at on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and management of wetland habitat. Dr. Schummer is a Visiting Professor of Zoology at SUNY Oswego, Adjunct Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario. He lives with his wife on their farm in Jordan, NY in the middle of the Finger Lakes region with their two retrievers…a Chesapeake and a Labrador.

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