Physical Ecology Dr. Josef D. 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.

Reproduction, dispersal & early life
                        history Conservation of aquatic ecosystems

Current events:

Postdoc, PhD and MSc funded position available
Hypoxia in lakes, Mussel physical ecology, and Phytoplankton physical ecology (posted August 2015)

2015 International Society for River Sciences Conference (La Crosse, WI, August) Talks delivered!
  • Ackerman JD Using physical ecology to understand the complexity of unionid mussels.
  • Tuttle-Raycraft S The effect of natural suspended sediment on adult and juvenile mussels.

Completed !!: Dori Gao:  The effects of collector motion on particle capture: Lab studies and wind pollination in the field.

MSc Completed !!:
Rakesh Mistry:  Suspension Feeding of Juvenile and Adult Freshwater Mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) Under Flowing Conditions

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

Ackerman Lab 28AUG15