I am an aquatic ecologist with over 30 years experience in teaching and research as an academic at both Dalhousie University and Cape Breton University. Over the last 26 years, I have also worked as an environmental consultant, involved with a wide variety of ecological studies throughout Atlantic Canada. My experience includes environmental impact analysis from mining (coal and gypsum), stream habitat analysis, habitat design, monitoring programs (design and implementation), coastal impacts from point sources of pollution, design of compensation plans and general fisheries and limnological studies. I specialize in marine and fresh water ecology, biological aspects for impact analyses, and environmental assessment methodology. I have achieved professional accreditation as an Environmental Professional (EP) since June 2005.



  • Engineering and Aquatic Environments Certificate # 044 (Dillon - DFO) - 2001
  • Permanent High School Teaching Certificate (OSSTF) - 1969
  • SCUBA (Basic) NAUI - Certification - 1968


Environmental Professional (EP) - since June 2005.

  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Environmental Education



1977 - 2005   Cape Breton University

Research projects:

  1. Salmon Habitat Management Plan for Glen Brook, Inverness Co., N.S.
  2. Habitat Restoration in Big Brook, Inverness Co. and its effect on fish populations.
  3. Stream Habitat Survey - Southwest Brook, CB County.
  4. Fish Habitat Assessment. Use of PHABSIM and QHEI.
  5. Stream Remediation/Restoration Techniques.
  6. A variety of applied research projects with ADI Limited since 1981 dealing with potential impacts of proposed developments and general environmental studies throughout Atlantic Canada.

1972-77 Dalhousie University - Ph.D.

Research on detritus food chains. Looked at the relative importance of living and non-living organic matter in the nutrition of Mysis stenolepis, a filter feeding Crustacean in the near shore environment.

1970-72 University of Guelph - M.Sc.

Physiological ecology of plankton. I studied the physiological cost (oxygen consumption) for Mysis relicta to undergo diurnal vertical migrations in Lake Ontario. This was related to general theories on the role of vertical migration among planktonic organisms.


1977-2005  Associate Professor of Biology

I have taught courses in the B.A., the B.Sc.(Biology), and the B. Tech.(Environmental Studies) programs at Cape Breton University since 1977. These courses include:

  • Biology 101
  • Biology 104
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • General Ecology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Stream Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Theoretical Ecology
  • Laboratory Techniques.

I have also designed and co-taught core courses in:

  • Natural Science for Arts' students
  • Environmental Impact Assessment - B. Tech. Environmental Studies Program at CBU
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology - for Periyar Maniammai College of Technology for Women in Vallam, Tamil Nadu, India



  • Electrofishing Survey of Deep Brook, Richmond Co. 2015.
  • Aquatic Effects Monitoring of the Franklin Mine site, Florence, CB. 2013, 2014.
  • Eskasoni Wind Farm proposal. CEAA screening of aquatic biology and full assessment report preparation. 2008 - 2012
  • Fish Rescue in Muggah Creek estuary for Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. 2009 - 2011
  • CEAA assessment of new health centre complex at Eskasoni First Nation for Health Canada - 2011
  • Rapid Stream Assessment of McLennan and Camerons Brooks - River Denys Watershed - for Fisheries and Oceans Canada - 2010
  • Wetland Assessment and Compensation Plan development. Cabot Links Golf Course, Inverness, CB. 2009 - 2011
  • Northwest Brook Wetland Assessment - at the Victoria Junction Coal Prep. Plant site - for PWGSC/ECBC/Cape Breton Development Corporation - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Armour Stone Monitoring - Strait of Canso - for Martin Marietta Materials 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Ecological Risk Assessment of Works Compound, Cape Breton Highlands National Park - for Maritime Testing (1985) Ltd. - 2009
  • Habitat Assessment of Glen Brook, River Denys Watershed - for Stewards of the River Denys Watershed Association - 2008
  • Lobster Shelter Monitoring - 2006, 2007, 2008 - for Martin Marietta Materials.
  • Wetland assessments in compliance with the 2006 Nova Scotia Wetland Designation Policy and Operational Bulletin Respecting Alteration of Wetlands. 2006
  • CEAA Screening level environmental assessment (Marine in-water survey) of proposed infilling at Petit de Grat Harbour. 2005-2006
  • Wetland evaluation at former Beaver Mine site - DEVCO. 2005
  • Coke Oven Brook Re-alignment - Design of Fish Habitat Enhancement, Monitoring and CEAA screening - for Sydney Tarponds Agency - 2005-2006
  • Stream Habitat and Benthic Invertebrate Monitoring, Meadowview Landfill, for Kings County. 2003, 2004, 2005.
  • Fish Survey of Coke Ovens Brook - for Vaughn Engineering - June, 2001
  • Environmental Assessment (Biology) of Proposed Highway 125 Twinning - CEAA - for TPWNS - April, 2001
  • Glen Brook Salmonid Management Plan for Glen Brook, CB - for Georgia-Pacific Canada Inc. - May 2000
  • Melford Gypsum Mine Stream Baseline Monitoring Program - for Georgia Pacific Canada Inc. - June 1999
  • Registration of Undertaking for Environmental Assessment for Proposed Gypsum Mine Melford, CB - for Georgia Pacific Canada, Inc. - Feb. 1999
  • Fish Habitat Analysis in Salt Cove Brook, St. Lawrence, NFLD. - for Burin Minerals - June 1996.
  • Sable Off-Shore Energy Program (SOEP)- Assessment (Biology) of the On-Shore Facility Location, Country Harbour, NS. - for Mobil Oil - 1996
  • Fish Population Studies in Shoal Cove Pond, St. Lawrence, NFLD. - for Burin Minerals - June 1995


  • Foulds, J. B., F. Baechler, M. Blais and C. MacDonald. 2003. Salmonid Management in the River Denys Watershed. Bras dOr Stewardship Society Newsletter, August 2003, 4 pgs.
  • Baechler, F., C. MacDonald, and J. B. Foulds. 2002. Bacterial Concentrations in Natural Streams within the Bras d'Or Lake Watershed. 4 pgs.
  • Foulds, J.B. 1994. Canada and Abortion. Forum. X(1). 10-11.
  • Foulds, J.B. and R. Keshen. 1993. Teaching the Nature of Science to Art's Students. Bulletin of Science Technology and Society.
  • Foulds, J.B. and S.A. Manley. 1990. Toothpicks and the Forests of Tomorrow. New Maritimes. VIII(6). 12-13.
  • MacDougall, M.J., T. Rolfe, and J.B. Foulds. 1990. Stream Survey, Southwest Brook, C.B. County. Summer 1990. Internal U.C.C.B. Report. 22 pp.


  • Foulds, J. B. 2003. An Introduction to Environmental Assessment. 69 pp.


  • A UNESCO Biosphere reserve for the Bras d'Or: A Positive Incentive for Change presented to the Silver Dart Centennial Association Climate Change Conference, Baddeck, 2009.
  • The Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve presented to the Sustainable Communities Initiative, Cheticamp. NS. April 2006.
  • Finding the Power to Prosper: Sustainable and Renewable Energy in Atlantic Canada. Conference sponsored by the Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee. ACAP. May 2006. 
  • Cape Breton Freshwater Ecology: Flora and Fauna at the Plamu/Salmon Workshop. Collaborative Salmon Initiative - Wagmatcook, June 2006
  • Species at Risk and Environmental Impact Assessment: Issues. presented to the Species at Risk Conference, Lunenburg, NS. October 2006.


My Grandchildren:

Aidan James Foulds         Kyra Lea Foulds          

Arlo Polwart Foulds              Rosa Bella Polwart Foulds

Aidan came into my world in 1998.  He is a builder of the most creative kind. He is also a gamer - Mine Craft. A recent hobby is stop motion animation - go to YouTube and type in his name! He also loves music and can pick up any instrument and play! His Dad is a record producer/recording engineer (www.soundpark.ca).

Kyra Lea was born in 2001. She is a true "princess" She loves her big brother very much and is involved in so many activities in and out of school I couldn't even strat...I will say how proud I am of her musical ability and her piano and flute playing!!

Arlo Polwart Foulds was born in 2007 - and a native of Scotland! Arlo looks like a little adult - a very distinctive face. His personality is very forgiving for his parents (code for "good kid") and he has already seen "life on the road" as his mom (www.karinepolwart.com) and dad (Mobile With a Home) take him to many of their gigs.

Arlo has a sister! Rosa Bella was born in 2010. Rosa is very disarming and will be a very strong self-determined individual - mark my words!

so..4 grandchildren -  2 boys and 2 girls. I am blessed.

The Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere reserve:

I am part of the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association made up of people from around Cape Breton Island that oversee the activities of Canada's 16th UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve! It is made up of the natural and human resources within the Bras d'Or's watershed - an area of 3600 sq. km. We are always spreading the word about the concept to the peoples within the watershed. Check out our web site: www.blbra.ca. For more information about biosphere reserves in Canada - go to the Canadian  Biosphere Reserves Association's website: www.biospherecanada.ca

Some ways to contact me:

Phone: 902-674-2578 Cell:    902-565-9479
Fax:     902-674-2218

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