The Knowledge to Act



Scott Higgins

Research Scientist, IISD-ELA

Dr. Scott Higgins brings extensive experience and diverse skills to his position as 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.

All Publications

  • Zebra Mussels in Manitoba: Here are the facts Do you really understand why zebra mussels are dangerous to our water? Moreover, what can you do about them? IISD Experimental Lakes Area research scientist Scott Higgins breaks it down for you.
  • Webinar: Climate change and its effects on our lakes IISD Experimental Lakes Area collaborated with the Canadian Water Resources Association to host a webinar about what we have discovered about the effects of climate change on our lakes.
  • IISD Experimental Lakes Area and Climate Change brochure IISD Experimental Lakes Area brings a 47 year (1969–present) history of monitoring climate, water quality and fisheries in a unique whole-ecosystem laboratory setting.
  • The Need for Whole-ecosystem Experiments Why do you need to conduct experiments on a whole lake? Why not just use test tubes and aquariums in the lab?IISD-ELA Research Scientist Scott...