Dr. Mary Ann Perron

Mitacs Post-Doctoral Fellow

(613) 936-6620 x 306

maperron [at] riverinstitute.ca


I am a freshwater biologist with expertise in wetland ecosystems and urban ecology. I grew up in a small town in northern Ontario and spent my free time outdoors, usually on the water. I completed my B.Sc. Honours in Biology with a specialization in conservation and restoration ecology from Laurentian University in Sudbury (2010-2014). I then went on to complete my Ph.D. in Biology specializing in wetland ecosystems, entomology and urban ecology from the University of Ottawa (2014-2020). I have experience teaching in the classroom and in the field as well as running workshops for youth organizations. I am a certified wetland evaluator with skills in wetland plant identification, multivariate statistics and spatial analyses. I am currently involved in leading citizen science programs and collaborate in international efforts in insect conservation.

Research Interests

My research interests include wetlands, Odonatology (study of dragonflies and damselflies), conservation biology, botany, urban ecology, freshwater ecology, biostatistics and spatial analyses. I also have a keen interest in natural history.


Perron MC, Pick FR (2020) Stormwater ponds as habitat for Odonata in urban areas: the importance of obligate wetland plant species. Biodiversity and Conservation 29: 913-931. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-019-01917-2

Perron MC, Pick FR (2020) Water quality effects on dragonfly and damselfly nymph communities: a comparison of urban and natural ponds. Environmental Pollution 263:11472. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114472

Perron MC (2019) Succession in a newly constructed wetland. Trail and Landscape 53:146-152 (non-refereed).

Perron MC (2017) Ode-ing in Ottawa’s Urban Ponds. Trail and Landscape 51: 10-12 (non-refereed).