Nigel Lester

Senior Research Scientist (Emeritus)
Aquatic Research & Monitoring Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry


I began my professional life modelling behavioural decisions in animals, moved on to developing provincial fisheries database and support systems for the MNRF and since 1990 have been a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. My research includes the fish life history project (a cooperative program between MNRF and Univ. of Toronto) and various projects on the calibration of fisheries assessment gear and large scale surveys of fishing effort and sustainability.

Research Area:

My recent areas of concentration are:

  • Life History of Lake Trout and Walleye
  • Development of Assessment Standards
  • Understanding the Effects of Increasing Accessibility on Sustainability

Graduate Education:

  • M.Sc. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Ph.D. University of Sussex, Brighton, England


  • Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Studies, Trent University
  • Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Graduate Students

I supervise graduate students (Trent University) or serve on graduate student committees through cross-appointments. Students interested in graduate opportunities should check the Trent University web site.


This is a list of publications from collaborative research with grad students and colleagues.

Contact Info:

Nigel.Lester at
Tel: 705-755-1546
Fax: 705-755-1559
Office Location: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Mailing Address:

Aquatic Research and Monitoring Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Trent University
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8