Lee Foote, PhD Ecology, MSc Wildlife Management, BS Forestry

Professor (Emeritus), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Pronouns: He, Him, His, Y'all

Contact

Professor (Emeritus), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
lee.foote@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 803-8062

Availability
Retired but available for consultation remotely

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Wildlife biology Forestry Wetland Ecology Conservation Biology Resource Policy


About

Job/Research Area: Previously - Wetland Ecology and management. In addition to serving as a professor of Conservation Biology, for 2011-2020, Dr. Foote was the Director of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, a 250-acre research, teaching and public display facility. He was a member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, The University of Alberta Forestry School, and participated in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School sponsored by NSERC CREATE. Dr. Foote was co-PI on a SSHRC grant focused on digital interpretation of cultural and botanic gardens. He served as an advisor on the Prairie Urban Farm initiative at South Campus, was a founding member of the Hunting Angling Network Alberta (HANA), as well as an 18-year board of director for the Alberta Conservation Association. 

Awards

  • Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics Teacher of the Year award (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).
  • Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society, William Rowan Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020



Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: Dr. Foote’s research focused on wetland management, disturbance, reclamation and wildlife habitat. Sustainable use figures large in his approaches to natural resources. Secondary research areas include social and ecological sustainability of threatened species, currently involved with projects on Trumpeter Swans, Peregrine Falcons, Polar Bears, Lake Sturgeon, and Kalahari Desert megafauna. During the last few years he has also returned to his plant community roots to work with graduate students and PDFs examining plant physiology and competition in relation to altered growing environments as a way of developing reclamation and protection prescriptions. He was a writer and advisor during the formulation of the 2013 Alberta Wetland Policy and its subsequent implementation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Conservation Association (2002-2020) and continues to write for them. He also served on the Alberta Environment and Parks committee for Alberta Game Policy Advisory Committee 2015-2020.


Teaching

During 2015-2019 I taught a course entitled Urban Plants: Gardening and Sustainability (Plant Science 200) in the Faculty of ALES with experiential education, field trips, hands-on learning, practicums and extensive writing/editing.


Previously I created content for and taught ENCS 474 Utilization of Wildlife Resources (2000-2011); Forestry 200 (1997-2000); Wetland Ecology ENCS 510; Graduate Professionalism Ren R 410/420; Summer Field School (2003-2009); Field School to Africa (2004 and 2005) and numerous special problems courses for graduate and undergraduate students.



Announcements

I retired 30 June 2020 to join my wife in British Columbia after 22 years in the Faculty of Agriculture Life and Environmental Sciences. I leave with great respect for my colleagues and appreciation for the role and contributions from this wonderful faculty.

Publications

Fisheries restoration potential for a large lake ecosystem: using ecosystem models to examine dynamic relationships between walleye, cormorant, and perch
Author(s): Mc Gregor, AM, CL Davis, C.J Walter and L Foote
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Ecology and Society
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 29
External Link: http://dx. doi.org/10.5751/ES-07350-200229
Oral Exams: Preparing for and passing candidacy, qualifying and graduate defenses
Author(s): Foote, A.L
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Elsevier Press
Page Numbers: 215

Performance of wetland forbs transplanted into marshes amended with oil sands processed water
Author(s): Mollard, FPO, MC Roy, and AL Foote
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volume: 187
Page Numbers: 125

Vegetation Community composition in wetlands created following oil sand mining in Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Roy, MC, Lee Foote, and Jan JH Ciborowski
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Journal of Environmental Management
Volume: 172
Page Numbers: 18-28

Do peat amendments to oil sands wet sediments affect Carex aquatilis biomass for reclamation success?
Author(s): Roy, MC, FPO Mollard and AL Foote
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Environmental management
Volume: 139
Page Numbers: 154-163

Food web structure in oil sands reclaimed wetlands
Author(s): K.E. Kovalenko, J.J.H. Ciborowski, C. Daly, D.G. Dixon, A.J. Farwell, A.L. Foote, K.R. Frederick, J.M. Gardner Costa, K. Kennedy, K. Liber, M.C. Roy, C.A. Slama, J.E.G. Smits
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Ecological Applications
Volume: 23
Page Numbers: 1048-1060

In memoriam Robert John “Bob” Hudson
Author(s): Samuel, W., B. Stelfox, L. Foote
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Rangifer
Volume: 33
Page Numbers: 21

Growth of the dominant macrophyte Carex aquatilis is inhibited in oil sands affected wetlands in Northern Alberta, Canada
Author(s): FPO Mollard, MC Roy, K Frederick and L Foote
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Ecological Engineering
Volume: 38
Page Numbers: 11-19

Monitoring and assessment of wetland condition using plant morphologic and physiologic indicators
Author(s): Mollard, FPO, A. AL Foote, MJ Wilson, V Chrisfield and SE Bayley
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Wetlands
Volume: 33
Page Numbers: 939-947

Effects of culverts on stream fish assemblages in the Alberta foothills
Author(s): Macpherson, LM. MG, Sullivan, AL Foote and CE Stevens
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ujfm20
Threshold considerations and wetland reclamation in Alberta’s mineable oil sands
Author(s): Foote, A.L.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Ecology and Society
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 35-46

College and University Environmental Programs as a s Policy Problem (Part 1): Integrating Knowledge, Education, and Actionfor a Better World?
Author(s): Clark, S.G., M. B. Rutherford, M.R. Auer, D.N. Cherney, R.L. Wallace, D.J. Mattson , D. A. Clark, L. Foote, N. Krogman, P. Wilshusen, T. Steelman
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Environmental Management.

College and University Environmental Programs as a s Policy Problem (Part 2): Strategies for Improvement
Author(s): Clark, S.G., M. B. Rutherford, M.R. Auer, D.N. Cherney R. L. Wallace, D. J. Mattson , D. A. Clark, L. Foote , N. Krogman, P. Wilshusen, T. Steelman
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Environmental Management

Global Citizenship and the Environment: Embracing Life in All its Forms
Author(s): Krogman, Naomi and Lee Foote
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Global citizenship education in post-secondary institutions: Theories, practices, policies

Where is the avoidance in the implementation of wetland law and policy?
Author(s): Clare, S, N. Krogman, L. Foote and N. Lemphers
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Ecology and Society

It’s not just about bears: A problem-solving workshop on Aboriginal peoples, polar bears and human dignity
Author(s): D. Clark, SG Clark, M Dowsley, L Foote, TS Jung, and RH Lemlin
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Arctic
Volume: 63
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 124-127

Inuit, polar bears and sustainable Use
Author(s): Freeman, MMR and AL Foote
Publication Date: 2009
Page Numbers: 252

Polar bear conservation hunting in Canada: Economics, culture and unintended consequences
Author(s): Foote, AL. and GW Wenzel
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Inuit, polar bears and sustainable use
Page Numbers: 13-24

Polar Bears and the Media: The Ways in Which we Know the Icon
Author(s): Foote, Lee, Naomi Krogman, Doug Clark and Lindsay Johnston
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Inuit, Polar Bears and Sustainable Use
Page Numbers: 187-198

Polar bears, climate change and human dignity; seeking integrative conservation policies
Author(s): Clark, DA, M Tyrrell, M Dowsley, AL Foote, MMR Freeman and SG Clark
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Inuit, polar bears and sustainable use
Page Numbers: 233-242

Should academics advocate on environmental issues?
Author(s): Foote, AL, NT Krogman, and J. Spence
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Society and Natural Resources
Volume: 22
Page Numbers: 579-589

The relationship of amphibian abundance to habitat features across spatial scales in the Boreal plains
Author(s): Brown, CL, CA Paszkowski, AL Foote A Moenting and SM Boss
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Ecoscience
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 209-223

Conservation Hunting Concepts, Canada Inuit and polar bear hunting
Author(s): B. Lovelock (Ed)
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Tourism and the consumption of wildlife
Page Numbers: 115-128

Nurturing the land for food, flora and fauna
Author(s): Foote, AL
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Conservation
Volume: 10
Page Numbers: 5-7

Polar bears, climate change and human dignity: disentangling symbolic politics and seeking integrative conservation policies
Author(s): Clark, D, M. Tyrell, M Dowsley, AL Foote, M Freeman and SG Clark
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Meridian, Canadian Polar Commission
Issue: Fall/Winter.
Page Numbers: 1-6

Beaver (Castor canadensis) as a surrogate species for conserving anuran amphibians on boreal streams
Author(s): Stevens, C, C Paszkowski, and AL Foote
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Biological Conservation
Volume: 134
Page Numbers: 1-13

Comparing dietary preferences of Bufflehead ducklings in Western Canada through gut content and stable isotope analysis
Author(s): Hornung, JP and AL Foote
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Aquatic Ecology
Volume: 42
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 61-70

Conservation hunting concepts, Canada's Inuit, and polar bear hunting (invited chapter)
Author(s): Foote, L and G Wenzel
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Consumptive Wildlife Tourism - Hunting, Shooting and Sport Fishing
Page Numbers: 115-128

Effectiveness of enforcement to deter illegal angling harvest of northern pike in Alberta
Author(s): Walker, JR, AL Foote, and MG Sullivan
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Volume: 27
Page Numbers: 1369-1377

Aquatic invertebrate responses to fish presence and vegetation complexity in western boreal wetlands with implications for waterbird productivity
Author(s): Hornung, JP and AL Foote Hornung
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Wetlands
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-12

Boreal wetlands in Alberta: State of our knowledge and agents of change
Author(s): Foote, AL and NT Krogman
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Forestry Chronicle
Page Numbers: 825-836

Riparian disturbance due to beavers (Castor canadensis) in Alberta’s boreal mixedwood forests: Implications for forest management
Author(s): Martell, KA., AL Foote, and SG Cumming
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Ecoscience
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 164-171

The effects of an enhanced fisheries enforcement strategy on deterring illegal harvest by anglers on Northern Pike
Author(s): JR Walker, AL Foote, and MG Sullivan
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Volume: 27
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1369-1377

The future of wildlife management in Alberta. Fish, Fur and Feathers: History of Wildlife Management in Alberta
Author(s): Foote, AL and MG Sullivan
Publication Date: 2006

Conservation hunting: people and wildlife in Canada's North
Author(s): Freeman, Milton, Bob Hudson, and Lee Foote (eds)
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Canadian Circumpolar Institute
Volume: Occasional Publication No. 56
Page Numbers: 112

Effects of impoundment management and herbivory on wetland plant production and stand structure
Author(s): Randall, L. A. and A. L. Foote
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Wetlands
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 38-50

Odonates as biological indicators of grazed and ungrazed Canadian prairie wetlands
Author(s): Foote, A. L. and C. L. Rice
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Ecological Entomology
Volume: 30
Page Numbers: 1-11

Principles, Perspectives and Ethics of Conservation-hunting
Author(s): Milton Freeman, Bob Hudson and Lee Foote (Eds)
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Conservation Hunting: People and Wildlife in Canada's North
Volume: Canadian Circumpolar Institute Occasional Publication
Issue: No. 56
Page Numbers: 65-68

The future of wildlife and fisheries management in Alberta: The promise in our young biologists
Author(s): Foote A. L. and M. G. Sullivan
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Fur Fins and Feathers: a history of wildlife management in Alberta
Page Numbers: 365-368