The first speaker is Alison Derry, who will speak on Biodiversity in Aquatic Ecosystems in reference to Lake Manitou.
Proessor Alison Derry is a tenured associate professor in the department of biological sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She received a BSc in zoology / environmental biology from the University of Guelph, a MSc in limnology from the University of Alberta, and PhD in ecology and evolution from Queen’s University. Between degrees, she worked in environmental consulting with Golder & Associates in Edmonton, AB and as a freshwater research biologist for the environmental monitoring and research branch of the Ontario Ministry of Environment in Toronto, ON. She held a two-year NSERC post-doctoral fellowship in the biology department at McGill University before accepting her present faculty position at UQAM in 2011.
Alison Derry’s research focuses on how evolutionary changes in populations, often as a response to human environmental disturbance, can potentially have rippling effects at higher biological levels in communities and ecosystems (‘eco-evolutionary dynamics’). All of the research is done in freshwater ecosystems, and her students work in lakes and streams across Canada. Her lab specialises on lower trophic levels such as invertebrates and aquatic primary producers, and she collaborates extensively with fisheries ecologists to do integrative food web studies. Alison’s talk will present a combination of published studies and works in progress that address the effects of climate change, size-selective fish harvesting, and historical acidification on eco-evolutionary dynamics in Canadian aquatic ecosystems.
More information on her research lab at UQAM can be found at this website: