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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