Research Topics: Physical Ecology (biofluid mechanics, ecohydrology), Limnology (lakes, rivers), Marine Science (coastal), Water Quality (Hypoxia), Benthic Ecology (macrophytes, bivalves), Trophic Dynamics (photosynthesis, suspension feeding), Reproduction & Dispersal (abiotic pollination, broadcast spawning), Early Life History (larval including ecology). and Conservation (unionid mussels)
I received my MA under the late Akira Okubo at SUNY Stony Brook, where I examined the hydrodynamics of eelgrass canopies (Zostera marina), before moving to Cornell University where I studied the biomechanics of submarine pollination in eelgrass for my PhD under Karl Niklas. This was followed by a postdoc/research associate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum where I examined the biomechanics of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha and D. bugensis) adhesive, suspension feeding and benthic-pelagic coupling.
As a founding faculty member and Canada Research Chair in Physical Ecology and Aquatic Science at UNBC, I examine suspension feeding in blue mussels (Mytilus trossulus and M. californianus), hydraulic habitats of stream organisms, pheromone dispersion, kelp holdfast mechanics, and particle capture in plant-like collectors.
Much of my current research at Guelph involves: (1) the physical ecology of unionid bivalves and their early life history, suspension feeding and conservation: (2) the physical ecology of macrophytes (algae and aquatic plants), mechanisms of abiotic pollination; and (3) physical -biological interactions in lakes and rivers.
I am an Associate Editor of Limnology and Oceanograph, Associate Editor of Aquatic Sciences, and Wiley's Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, and I was the Editor in Chief of Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids and Environments.
I am a member of a number of scientific societies including: AGU, ASLO, BES, BSA, CERF, IAGLR, SFS, SCL, TOS and Sigma Xi.
Fall 2023: MSc and PhD Student Assistantships in Physical Ecology
Funding is available immediately to support MSc and PhD students in projects that aims to investigate:
(i) the role of turbulence on larval fish (Walleye) swimming, feeding and growth;
(ii) trophic interactions that relate to larval fish recruitment;
(iii) the physical ecology of bivalve trophic dynamics; and
(iv) the physical ecology of aquatic plant productivity.