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Tara Hayes

Dr. Tara Hayes


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences


Dr. Tara Hayes, Professor of Life Science holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Waterloo.  Dr. Hayes is currently instructing a variety of science courses in the Degree Breadth area and the General Arts and Science program.  She has worked with industrial partners such as Syncrude Canada, Suncor Canada and Placer Dome Inc. during her PhD and MSc to explore the environmental impacts of oil and mining practices on natural phytoplankton and wetland communities, along with presenting her work at major scientific conferences.  Dr. Hayes has an interest in the educational landscape of Ontario and has recently been involved with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) – Tuning Project and an Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) – Pre Health Sciences initiative to guide the programs of tomorrow.


  • BSc – Biology and Chemistry Lakehead University – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • HBSc – Biology Lakehead University – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • MSc – Biology Lakehead University – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • PhD – Biology University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario


  • Northwestern Ontario Graduate Research Award
  • NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Doctoral Completion Scholarship


  • Hayes, T.M.E. (1997).  The toxicological effects of pulp mill effluent on wild rice (Zizania palustris).  HBSc. Thesis, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
  • Hayes, T.M.E. (1999).  The use of wetlands to remediate gold mine.  M.Sc. Thesis, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
  • Hayes, T.M.E. (2005).  Examining the ecological effects of naphthenic acids and major ions on phytoplankton in the Athabasca oil sands region.  Ph.D. Thesis, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Teaching Interests

  • Human Biology/Anatomy Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Toxicology
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Biodiversity
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