My main interests are the physiology, ecology and evolution of lake phytoplankton. More specifically,
- Their diversity in response to light, temperature and nutrients,
- The drivers behind dispersion patterns and phylogeographical clusters, and
- The relationships between species life histories and niches.
My main questions are related to solving the Plankton Paradox:
- Why are there so many species in such a homogeneous ecosystem?
- Can we differentiate the niches occupied by the species or functional groups in the lakes?
- Can we extract physiological data for phytoplankton taxons using large-scale phytoplankton data?
PhD project start and finish dates: May 2018 to May 2022 (approximately)
Supervisor: Yannick Huot (Université de Sherbrooke)
LakePulse survey sampling 680 lakes across Canada
Summer 2018: I will be sampling with the Purple Team in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Brittish Columbia.