Rafael Otfinowski

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Rafael Otfinowski
Assistant Professor


  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Environment
Areas of Expertise:
  • Botany
  • Invasive Exotic Plants
  • Restoration Ecology
Languages Spoken:
  • English
Available To:
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others

My B.Sc. degree is from the University of Alberta in the Department of Renewable Resources with a focus on reclamation and remediation. I've spent three years as an environmental consultant in Calgary, traveling throughout southern Alberta to reclaim wellsites and remediate contaminated areas. I completed my Master’s research at the University of Western Ontario, studying the ecology of endangered species on sand dunes along Lake Huron. In my Ph.D at the University of Manitoba, I focused my work on the biology of exotic plants invading northern fescue prairies. My field experiments focused on Riding Mountain National Park. Since then, I have worked as the Grassland Ecologist for Parks Canada in Winnipeg, contributing to restoration projects in national parks and national historic sites across the Prairies. I've also continued my research into biological invasions, the structure and function of plant communities, and the restoration of disturbed prairies. I am passionate about hands-on teaching and have taught field and lab courses in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. I am also very interested in scientific writing and communication and using writing to make science learning more active.

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Restoring prairie grasslands

A research team led by assistant biology professor Rafael Otfinowski and alumna Vicky Coffey are trying to understand the function of grassland...

Understanding prairie grasslands

French student Anne-Charlotte Olivier is doing research on the Canadian Prairies at UWinnipeg with Dr. Rafael Otfinowski. They are looking to...

A tale of cattle and the noxious foxtails

British Columbia native has come to do research with UWinnipeg’s Dr. Rafael Otfinowski (biology) to study the effects of cattle grazing on the...

Restoring the prairies one grass at a time

UWinnipeg student Hilary Pinchbeck's research with Dr. Rafael Otfinowski in restoring the prairies one grass at a time earned her the top prize in...