Anne Yagi graduated with her B.Sc. (hon) in Zoology, from the University of Guelph in 1984. She began her career working for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as a summer student in 1981. After eight years of “back to back” contracts she was hired as the Fisheries Enhancement Officer, and then as the Fish and Wildlife District Biologist. She continued in this position for 35 years until her retirement in November 2016. In 2019, The Canadian Herpetological Society (CHS) honored Anne's cumulative contributions to amphibian and reptile conservation in Canada with the 2019 Blue Racer Award.
Since her retirement Anne has become an Eco Canada Certified Environmental Professional (EP), a SER Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP), and founded 8Trees Incorporated where she is the President and CEO. She is currently the Chair of the Fowler's Toad Recovery and Implementation Team, member and former Co-Chair of the Dusky Salamander Recovery and Implementation Team, and member of an academic thesis committee at Laurentian University. She completed her M.Sc. in Biological Sciences at Brock University, examining the eco-physiology of overwintering Massasaugas in southern Ontario.
Anne has established many ongoing 8Trees Inc. research projects, including; “Managing an ecological trap on the reptile community inhabiting a partially mined peatland in Southern Ontario”, and “Monitoring the Human Impact on Fowler’s Toad at Niagara Beaches”. She is also a Science Advisor on several projects outside of the Niagara region, including; “Haldimand County Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis spiloides) population recovery project”, “Pelee Island Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxii) Hibernation habitat restoration project”, and “Managing translocations for Massasauga Recovery in Ojibway Prairie”.