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Kanagasabesan, Thiviya

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Aquatic Scientist

Joined LGL in 2019


M.Sc.: Wilfrid Laurier University (Integrative Biology) 2017
B.Sc. (Hons.): University of Waterloo (Major: Biology; Minor: English Language & Literature) 2013

Professional Interests

  • Aquatic and eco-toxicology
  • Fish physiology and research
  • Water quality analysis
  • Conservation biology
  • Species at Risk
  • First Nations consultation

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Thiviya Kanagasabesan’s (M.Sc.) experience in environmental science and integrative biology includes a wide array of projects with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. She has experience in emerging contaminants, fish physiology, and aquatic eco-toxicology research. This includes conducting flow-through exposures of municipal wastewater effluent with fathead minnow fish and eggs, chronic exposures of the commercial dyes on Hyalella azteca, in vitro exposures of 17α-ethinyl estradiol on mummichog ovarian follicles, and baseline characterization of molecular and hormone endpoints involved with reproduction in mummichog. She is also experienced with road ecology monitoring, data and statistical analysis, scientific publications, policy research, and the development of consultation materials with Indigenous organizations.

Since joining LGL in 2018, Thiviya has been involved with Grand River surface water quality monitoring program, including benthic invertebrate sampling, macrophyte sampling, data analysis and reporting. Thiviya has also assisted with arborist and vegetation surveys for numerous projects, as well as Butler’s Gartersnake coverboard surveys at Aamjiwnaang First Nation (Sarnia, Ont.). Thiviya has been highly active with writing and research, including: EIA/EIS reports, EIS review for Gitga'at First Nation in British Columbia, proposals/grant applications, literature research for COSEWIC status report on Eastern Hog nosed Snake, and other programs. In addition, Thiviya actively directs an independent charity which is committed to building a community that promotes stewardship and addresses issues which impact the environment, wildlife, and the well-being of society.

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