Dr. Lee Jackson, Professor of Aquatic Community and Ecosystem Ecology
Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, Queen's University, 1984
PhD Biological Sciences, McGill University, 1992
MSc Oceanography, University of British Columbia, 1988
Areas of Research
My research interests centre on processes that affect (1) the stability of aquatic communities and ecosystems, and (2) relationships between sustainable growth and water quality and quantity. I am particularly interested in the role of biota and their interactions on the flux of energy and materials in food webs. My NSERC sponsored research considers the role of rooted aquatic macrophtyes and food web structure on the state in which shallow prairie lakes are found. Macrophytes may be stabilizing commponents of shallow lakes that allow them to exist in a relatively clear state. However, macrophyte biomass is also correlated to the rate and occurrence of winter anoxia, with implications to fish populations. Collaborative research is examining water quality and quantity in South Saskatchewan headwater rivers, and how this might change with future development. Ecologic and economic models will be coupled to create an expert system to allow evaluation of "what if" scenarios of change in light of full-cost accounting. This project considers land use and the delivery of material to rivers, as well as in-stream processes by biota.
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|ECOL 417||Aquatic Communities and Ecosystems||Fall 2022|
|ECOL 439||Ecology of Populations||Winter 2023|
- IUCN Ecosystem Redlisting, International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 2019
- Sustainability Award - Campus as a Learning Laboratory, University of Calgary. 2017
- Keynote Address, 2015
- Scientific Director, Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, 2014
- Scientific Director, Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, The University of Calgary. 2018
- Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Community Outreach, 2012
- Board of Directors, Alberta Lake Management Society. 2005
In the News
- Citizen science project with Trout Unlimited to collect Didymo.. Canada Broadcasting Corporation. (2016)
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