Physical Ecology

Dr. Josef Daniel Ackerman

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph 

Associate Editor: Limnology & Oceanography
Associate Editor: Aquatic Sciences

Editor in Chief, Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids and Environments
Guest Editor, Journal of Marine Systems
Guest Editor, Water Quality Research Journal of Canada.

                        dispersal & early life history Conservation of aquatic ecosystems

Current events:

Phd position available
Mussel Physical Ecology - Juvenile Habitats (posted April 2015)

MSc position available Physical Ecology (posted April 2015)

Several MSc theses moving along....

The ecological and evolutionary problems that underlie my research interests include the convergent evolution of morphology, the manner by which organisms have adapted to their physical environment, physical aspects of energy transfer through ecosystems, and physical-biological linkages in aquatic systems. I have been fortunate to ask many of these questions within an applied context related to industrial ecology, fisheries, forestry, and conservation/management.

My primary interests at the University of Guelph are in the physical ecology of (1) trophic interactions including photosynthesis and suspension feeding, (2) reproduction including abiotic pollination and broadcast spawning, and (3) aquatic sciences including sediment/substrate-water interactions.  My lab is actively involved in species and ecosystem recovery in southwestern Ontario involving unionid mussels, and hypoxia issues in the Great Lakes and their watersheds.