Research & Teaching
WARMING AND NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY IN AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Warming temperatures change the nutritional value of phytoplankton in predictable ways. How do these changes affect the productivity other trophic levels?
Jihyun Kim, Masters student
MICROPLASTICS, WARMING, AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM HEALTH
How many and what kinds of microplastics are found in lakes in British Columbia? How do warming temperatures affect the biological effects of microplastics on zooplankton and fish?
Natasha Klasios, PhD student
Insects shrink when grown in warmer temperatures but the ecological significance of this size decrease is a mystery. We are investigating this question several ways:
a) How does warming affect body size and flight ability in Pieris rapae (Cabbage White Butterfly)
Erez Büyükyilmaz, Honours Thesis
b) Does being smaller give mosquitoes an advantage in warmer temperatures?
Emily Liang, 2020 NSERC Summer student
GLOBAL CHANGES IN INSECT DIVERSITY
There have been a lot of papers published on global declines in insect abundance and richness, but what is the baseline rate of change? We conducted a synthesis on all available recent data to address this question.
Markus Thormeyer - Undergrad Research Assistant
RAPID EVOLUTION IN RESPONSE TO WARMING
How quickly can insects and plankton evolve and adapt to warming temperatures? We use experimental evolution studies to test this question in insects and plankton