LCC The Start of Successful Career for Wildlife Biologist


Lethbridge Community College Alumni Association has named Dr. Karla Guyn (Environmental Science 1986) its 2006 Distinguished Alumna.

After completing her diploma, she earned a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and developed her passion for ducks and wetlands while at the Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station in Manitoba. She completed her Master's degree in 1994 from the University of Saskatchewan, immediately followed by a Ph.D. from the same institution, where she focused on the breeding ecology of Northern Pintail ducks.

"A lot of wonderful things have happened in my life, but I never imagined being recognized by an educational institution. I am extremely honored to receive this award" says Dr. Guyn. "To be recognized by peers is one of the greatest honors a person can receive."

Now Director of Conservation Planning, she is responsible for the biological and scientific integrity of Ducks Unlimited Canada's conservation programs.

Dr. Guyn's continued involvement with LCC includes hosting student field trips, classroom presentations and hiring students and LCC graduates to work on her various projects. She also supports the first Ducks Unlimited Canada Student Chapter, which was launched at LCCin November 2005.

She is a sought after speaker, published author and currently serves on the executive of the Manitoba chapter of the Wildlife Society. "At LCC, I gained the confidence and desire to further my education and to pursue my dreams. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life" says Dr. Guyn.