Keith Somers

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Site Supervisor and Biostatistician
Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
(705) 766-2408


Areas of Expertise

  • Biostatistics
  • Aquatic ecology

Current Activities

  • Holds adjunct associate professorship with University of Toronto,conjunct professorship with Trent University, and adjunct professorships at York and Nipissing universities.
  • Responsible for program delivery and safe operation of Dorset Environmental Science Centre as Site Supervisor since 2000.
  • Scientific lead on studies of long-term changes of lake and stream benthic macroinvertebrate communities and crayfish populations.
  • Collaborates with colleagues who have collected long-term data sets on biota and chemistry of small, softwater lakes to develop statistical methods for examining temporal coherence.
  • Works on statistical methods to characterize normal, reference, or background conditions to evaluate ecological significance of environmental impacts.


  • Received Environmental Commissioner’s Recognition Award for work on the Ministry’s Ambient Environmental Monitoring Network in 2004.
  • Received Ministry of the Environment Staff Achievement Award for Research and Technology Development in 1998.
  • Co-authored 50 articles in refereed journals and more than 150 presentations at conferences and scientific meetings.
  • Most recent publications – see the special issue on 30 years of science at the Dorset Environmental Science Centre in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences – May 2008.


  • B.Sc. in Biology, University of Waterloo
  • M.Sc. in Zoology, University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Western Ontario
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Professional Affiliations

  • American Fisheries Society
  • American Society of Naturalists
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Western Ontario
  • Canadian Society of Zoologists