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RESEARCH AREA/POTENTIAL PROJECTS
The research in my lab is aimed at understanding how aquatic communities respond to environmental stressors such as invasive species, climate change, and changes in pH. We use survey data to describe patterns of species occurrence and community composition. Short-term field and lab experiments are then used to determine the mechanisms responsible for producing observed patterns. Much of our focus is on zooplankton communities and macroinvertebrates, although we occasionally dabble in fish communities.
There will be 2-3 projects available in my lab this year for enthusiastic and highly motivated students. Some projects may be started in the summer if the student has summer employment in my lab (SWEP, NSERC, BUGS award). Note that students who have SWEP or NSERC will collect their BIO537 data independent of projects associated with these positions.
Typically, BIOL537 students are paired with a graduate student so that their projects are complementary and address related questions. This summer we will have projects in several possible locations – Killarney Provincial Park, QUBS, south-central Ontario near Algonquin Park, and Kingston. Projects will address environmental issues dealing with recovery of aquatic ecosystems/communities from acidification, the role of dispersal in community response to environmental change, evolutionary changes in response to invasive species. Students will work with me and a graduate student to develop their project.