PhD Oceanography , University of Alaska
MSc Limnology , University of Toronto
BSc Zoology , University of Toronto
Aquatic Science, Eutrophication, Cyanobacteria Bloom Formation
My research focuses on aquatic ecology, specifically cyanobacteria bloom formation in lakes. Eutrophication (the condition created by excessive inputs of plant nutrients, especially phosphorus, to surface waters) remains an important global issue in spite of the wealth of attention paid to it in the last 60 years. The presence of dense cyanobacteria blooms which displaces more benign algal species in eutrophic waters, is a major public health concern because many cyanobacteria strains produce potent liver and nerve toxins as well as compounds that alter taste and odour of drinking waters. In spite of decades of research, the development of effective management programs has been impeded because the specific mechanism allowing cyanobacterial dominance of phytoplankton communities was not well understood until recently.
Recognition & Awards
- Lake and Reservoir Management journal’s Jim LaBounty Best Paper Award in 2021
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