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Douglas Haffner

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Professor
Senior Canada Research Chair in Great Lakes Research

 

Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 3449
Office: GLIER Rm 234
email:  Doug Haffner

 

 

EXPERTISE

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Developing models of energy/carbon and contaminant dynamics
  • Speciation in Ancient Lakes

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of London, London, United Kingdom
B.Sc. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

PAST ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Founding Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
  • Head, Canadian National Water Quality Program, Environment Canada

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Our research team is currently investigating the coupling of the benthic and pelagic food webs as measured through persistent organic chemicals and stable isotopes. Although our current studies emphasize PCBs and PAHs, future research will consider modern pesticides and their effects on amphibian populations.

RECENT AND SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

(Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows underlined)

Burtnyk, M.D., Paterson, G., Drouillard, K.G. and Haffner, G.D. 2009. Empirical evidence for steady state and non-steady state polychlorinated biphenyl accumulation in two freshwater fish species, bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) and cisco (Coregonus artedii). Submitted. CJFAS.

Paterson, G., Whittle, D.M, Drouillard, K.G. and Haffner, G.D. 2008. Latitudinal and temporal declines in Great Lakes lake trout energy densities. Accepted. CJFAS.

Crowe, S. Jones, C. Katsev, S. Magen, C. O’Neill A., Sturm, A., Canfield, D. Haffner, G.D.,Mucci, A., Sundby, B. and Fowle, D. 2008. Anoxic phototrophs thrive in a archean ocean analogue.PNAS 105: 15938-15934.

Sabo, E., Roy, D., Hamilton, P. McNeely, R. and Haffner, G.D. 2008. The plankton community of Lake Matano: Factors regulating plankton composition and relative abundance in an ancient, tropical lake of Indonesia. Hydrobiologia 615: 2169 -2178.

Walter, R.P., Haffner, G.D. and Heath, D.D. 2008. Dispersal and population genetic structure of Telmatherina antoniae, an endemic freshwater sailfin silverside from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Accepted. J. Evol. Biol.

Bramburger, A.J., Hamilton, P.B. Hehanussa, P.E. & Haffner, G.D. ( 2008). Factors Regulating Community Composition and Relative Abundance of Taxa in the Diatom Communities of the Malili Lakes, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. Hydrobiologia 615: 215- 224.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Quantifying the accumulation and exposure dynamics of organic chemicals in aquatic ecosystems
  • Chemical stress in amphibian communities
  • Speciation in the Malili Lakes, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
  • The Huron-Erie Corridor Remedial Action Program (Co-Chair of Research and Monitoring Committee)

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • ·    Mariam Ageli (MSc candidate – GLIER)
  • ·    Erin Hillis (MSc candidate – GLIER)
  • ·    Cecilia Heuvel (MSc candidate – co supervised with Fisk – GLIER)
  • ·    Jessica Owen (MSc candidate – GLIER)
  • ·    Zhiqiang Xia (PhD candidate – GLIER)

CURRENT POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS