Laura Timms, PhD, MScF.

Senior Specialist, Natural Heritage Management

Credit Valley Conservation





I am a Senior Specialist in Natural Heritage Management at Credit Valley Conservation in Mississauga. In my job I analyze monitoring and inventory data for different species groups (e.g. grassland birds, stream fish, plant communities) to develop tools and strategies for biodiversity conservation and management. I’m also the scientific coordinator of the CVC Butterfly Blitz, a citizen science program focused on butterflies.

I have spent time at the University of Guelph (BSc Hon 2001), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the University of Toronto (MScF 2005, PhD 2010), and at McGill University (postdoctoral researcher, 2010-2012).

I have done research on insect diversity, invasive species, biological control, and conservation, and have published academic papers on these topics. I sat for one term on the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario and was formerly the Chair of the Science Policy committee for the Entomological Society of Canada. I’m also a subject editor for The Canadian Entomologist.

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Involvement with Forestry at U of T

I have been an Adjunct Professor with the Daniels Faculty’s Institute of Forestry and Conservation since July 2020. I give regular guest lectures in the Conservation of Canada’s Forests and Current Issues in Forest Conservation. I have supervised MFC internships at CVC and am currently sitting on one PhD committee.