Research Topics: Physical Ecology (biofluid mechanics, ecohydrology), Limnology (lakes, rivers), Marine Science (coastal), Benthic Ecology (macrophytes, bivalves), Trophic Dynamics (photosynthesis, suspension feeding), Reproduction (abiotic pollination, broadcast spawning), 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 partly at 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 the physical ecology of unionid bivalves and their early life history and conservation, the physical ecology of macrophytes (algae and aquatic plants), mechanisms of abiotic pollination, and benthic-pelagic coupling in lakes.
I am an Associate Editor of Limnology and Oceanograph, Associate Editor of Aquatic Sciences, and Wiley's Encyclopedia of Water. I am Editor in Chief of Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids and Environments. I am a member of a number of scientific societies including: AGU, ASLO, AIBS, BES, BSA, CERF, IAGLR, NABS, SCL, SMB, and TOS.