Scott Higgins

Senior Research Scientist, IISD-ELA

Dr. Scott Higgins brings extensive experience and diverse skills to his position as Senior Research Scientist. Prior to joining the International Institute for Sustainable Development, he worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada as research scientist for the Experimental Lakes Area, focusing on algal ecology, primary production, climate change and the effects of invasive species on freshwater ecosystems. As a graduate student and post doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, Higgins researched on water quality in the Laurentian Great Lakes and Lake Malawi, Africa for the University of Waterloo and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and on the ecological effects of invasive species on aquatic ecosystems for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Limnology.

Dr. Higgins has had his research findings published in numerous ecology and freshwater science journals, reports, and books. His scholarly presentations and teaching experiences have been far-ranging: he has presented his research findings at numerous scientific conferences and given guest lectures at numerous universities. Dr. Higgins research has received awards from the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the Canadian International Development Agency.

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Areas of expertise
Algal Blooms
Climate Change and Water
Invasive Species
Water Quality
Staff type
IISD Experimental Lakes Area
Doctor of Biology, University of Waterloo, 2005
Master of Science–Biology, University of Waterloo, 1999
Bachelor of Science–Environmental Sciences, University of Manitoba, 1996