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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Andrea Kirkwood


Biological Science

Faculty of Science

A research and teaching focus in the field of environmental biology.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 4053
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3622

Research topics

  • Algae
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Aquatic Foodwebs
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Water Quality
  • Urban Ecology
  • Stormwater Ponds

Areas of expertise

  • Algae
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Invasive Species
  • Urban Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecosystems


Andrea Kirkwood completed a joint-honours degree in Environment and Resource Studies & Biology (Co-op) at the University of Waterloo, a Master's degree in Aquatic Ecology at McMaster University, and a doctoral degree in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Andrea conducted postdoctoral studies at Oklahoma State University and the University of Calgary prior to joining the Faculty of Science at the Ontario Tech University. Currently, Andrea is an Associate Professor at Ontario Tech with a research and teaching focus in environmental biology. In addition to research and teaching, Andrea is actively involved in community-based environmental stewardship initiatives. From 2016-2019, Andrea was federally appointed to the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board.


  • BES University of Waterloo 1994
  • MSc McMaster University 1996
  • PhD University of Toronto 2003

Courses taught

  • BIOL 3660 Ecology
  • BIOL 3620 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 4010 Introduction to Environmental Research Methods
  • BIOL 4660 Aquatic Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications