Beatrix Beisner

Associate Professor,
Université du Québec à Montréal

Département de sciences biologiques
Tel: 514-987-3000 ext. 8400
Fax: 514-987-4647
E-mail: beisner.beatrix@uqam.ca
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Education

Postdoc, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin, USA), 2002
Ph.D., University of British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada), 2000
M.Sc., University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada), 1995
B.Sc., University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), 1992


Research
My research program is currently centred on three themes: (1) spatial ecology; (2) causes and consequences of biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems; and (3) invasion ecology. Overall, these themes are linked by my interest in community ecology, especially in lake plankton communities. In my research, I use a variety of field-based approaches, from large-scale whole lake studies to smaller scale experimental work in mesocosms as well as modelling. I work to link my interest in fundamental ecological theory of how interacting population dynamics structure aquatic communities with applied issues that currently affect freshwater ecosystems like exotic species, global climate change and water quality.

QCBS students
Marie-Pier Hébert, Ph.D.
(Start: 2016)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Gregor Fussmann
Thesis title: Effects of climate and land use changes on plankton communities, individual metabolism and trophic interactions
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Martin Demers, M.Sc.
(Start: 2016)

Other (co-)supervisor: Paul del Giorgio, Université du Québec à Montréal
Thesis title: Effet de Chaoborus sp sur le cycle du carbone et la production de méthane dans les lacs
Cindy Paquette, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014)
Thesis title: Effet du CO2 et du broutage par le zooplancton sur le maximum de chlorophylle en profondeur
Previous students (since 2009)
Alexandrine Pannard, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2007, End: 2009)
Thesis title: Phytoplankton community structure and physical mixing
Akash Sastri, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2009, End: 2013)
Thesis title: Zooplankton diversity and productivity dynamics
Nicolas Fortin St-Gelais, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012, End: 2014)
Other (co-)supervisor: Paul del Giorgio, UQAM
Thesis title: Landscape patters in zooplankton functional ecology
Nicolas Fortin-St. Gelais, Ph.D.
(Start: 2010, End: 2015)
Other (co-)supervisor: Paul delGiorgio
Thesis title: Lanscape Patterns in Zooplankton Functional and Taxonomic Diversity
Anneli Jokela, Ph.D.
(Start: 2007, End: 2013)

Other (co-)supervisor: Dr. Shelley Arnott, Queen's University
Thesis title: The influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the distribution and impact of an invertebrate predator, Bythotrephes longimanus - Queen's University
Maria Lorena Longhi, Ph.D.
(Start: 2004, End: 2010)
Thesis title: Phytoplankton community structure and the role of vertical heterogeneity in lakes
El-Amine Mimouni, Ph.D.
(Start: 2010, End: 2015)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Bernadette Pinel-Alloul
Thesis title: Biodiversity of Zooplankton in Urban Ponds
Richard Vogt, Ph.D.
(Start: 2004, End: 2009)
Thesis title: Plankton metacommunity ecology
Amanda Winegardner, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012, End: 2016)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Irene Gregory-Eaves
Thesis title: Planktonic biodiversity patterns along gradients of multiple stressors and disturbance histories: integration of paleoecology and molecular techniques
Pierre-Olivier Benoit, M.Sc.
(Start: 2012, End: 2014)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Chris Solomon
Thesis title: How the variation in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations in lakes influences fish growth: a multi-species study.
Ariane Cantin, M.Sc.
(Start: 2007, End: 2009)
Thesis title: Thermocline depth and plankton community structure
Nadia El Moussaoui, M.Sc.
(Start: 2012, End: 2015)

Thesis title: Les facteurs explicatifs de la présence de méduses d'eau douce (Craspedicusta sowerbyi) dans les lacs au Québec
Laurent Fraser, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2016)
Thesis title: Benthic macroinvertebrate response to urbanization in Laval city.
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Joanna Gauthier, M.Sc.
(Start: 2010, End: 2012)
Other (co-)supervisor: Yves Prairie, UQAM
Thesis title: Effects of lake thermocline deepening on zooplankton community phenology
Myriam Jourdain, M.Sc.
(Start: 2007, End: 2010)
Thesis title: Factors affecting cyanobacterial bloom formation
Alexandre L. Bourassa, M.Sc.
(Start: 2015, End: 2017)

Other (co-)supervisor: Jan Franssen, Université de Montréal
Thesis title: Diversity of fish communities and their habitats linked with life-history traits : An urban perspective
Vincent Ouellet Jobin, M.Sc.
(Start: 2011, End: 2014)

Thesis title: Phytoplankton niche segregation in relation to a lac's vertical structure in the TIMEX project
Geneviève Thibodeau, M.Sc.
(Start: 2011, End: 2013)
Other (co-)supervisor: David Walsh, Université Concordia
Thesis title: Stability of phytoplankton communities
Courses
BIO860B - Concepts théoriques en écologie (Fall / Automne)
ENV7000 - Perspectives interdisciplinaires dans l\'étude des problématiques environnementales (Winter / Hiver)
BIA1000 - Échantillonnage et observations sur le terrain (Summer / Été)
BIO6600 - Méthodes de terrain en écologie (Summer / Été)
BIA3511 - Spécialisation II en écologie (Winter / Hiver)
BIA1700 - Organismes et environnement (Fall and winter / Automne et hiver)
BIA3010 - Méthodologie en écologie (Winter / Hiver)

Publications
70- La méduse d’eau douce Craspedacusta sowerbii : espèce exotique répandue dans les lacs du Québec
El Moussaoui, N., Beisner, B.E.
2017 Le Naturaliste canadien (Date Added: 2017-02-03)

69- Linking zooplankton communities to ecosystem functioning: toward an effect-trait framework
Hébert, M.-P., Beisner, B.E., Maranger, R.
2017 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2017-02-03)

68- Phylogenetic diversity and its conservation in the presence of phylogenetic uncertainty: a case study of cladoceran communities in urban waterbodies
Mimouni, E.-A., Beisner, B.E., Pinel-Alloul, B.
2016 Biodiversity and Conservation (Date Added: 2016-08-05)

67- Lake Name or Name Lake? The etymology of lake nomenclature in the United States
Beisner, B.E., Carey, C.C.
2016 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2016-08-04)

66- Functional Traits
Nock, CA, RJ Vogt and BE Beisner
2016 Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

65-Biotic resistance by a native predator (Chaoborus) influences the impact of an invasive predator (Bythotrephes) in temperate lakes
Jokela, A, SE Arnott and BE Beisner
2016 Soumis à Biological Invasions ( Date Added: 2016-06-27)

64- Growth rate and abundance of common fishes is 
negatively related to dissolved organic carbon concentration in lakes
Benoit, P-O, BE Beisner and C Solomon
2016 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

63- A meta-analysis of zooplankton functional traits influencing ecosystem function
Hébert, M. P., Beisner, B. E., Maranger, R.
2016 Ecology (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

62- ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting to Include Public Lecture by Peter Mcbride
Beisner, B., Richardson, T.
2016 Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin (Date Added: 2016-02-23)

61- Landscape-level drivers of diatom communities: how different are they between water-column and surface sediment samples?
Winegardner, A., Beisner, B. E., Legendre, P., Gregory-Eaves, I.
2015 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

60- Evaluation of quantitative functional trait diversity estimates for marine zooplankton communities in the subarctic northeast Pacific Ocean
Pomerleau, C., Sastri, A., Beisner, B. E.
2015 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

59- Evaluating and comparing the components of 
diversity in urban zooplankton communities using different metrics
Mimouni, E. A., Pinel-Alloul, B., Beisner, B. E.
2015 Urban Ecosystems (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

58- Assessing aquatic biodiversity of zooplankton communities in an urban landscape
Mimouni, E.-A., Pinel-Alloul, B., Beisner, B.E.
2015 Urban Ecosystems (Date Added: 2016-01-15)

57- Macrozooplankton and the persistence of the deep chlorophyll maximum in a stratified lake
Pannard, A., Planas, D., Beisner, B.E.
2015 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2015-12-07)

56- Warming induces synchrony and destabilizes experimental pond zooplankton metacommunities
Thompson, P.L., Beisner, B.E., Gonzalez, A.
2015 Oikos (Date Added: 2015-10-22)

55- Rapid eco-evolutionary responses in perturbed phytoplankton communities
Thibodeau, G., Walsh, D.A., Beisner, B.E.
2015 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2015-10-22)

54- Variation in microcystin concentration and composition in relation to cyanobacterial community structure
Monchamp, M-È, Pick, FR, Beisner BE and R Maranger
2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

53- Effect of experimental deepening of the thermocline and oxycline on methylmercury accumulation in a Canadian Shield Lake
Perron, T, J Chételat, J Gunn, BE Beisner and M Amyot
2014 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

52- Deep chlorophyll maxima, spatial overlap and diversity in phytoplankton exposed to experimentally altered thermal stratification
Ouellet Jobin, V., Beisner, B. E.
2014 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2014-08-05)

51- Contrasting patterns of allochthony among three major groups of crustacean zooplankton in boreal and temperate lakes
Berggren, Martin, Ziegler, Susan E., St-Gelais, Nicolas F., Beisner, Beatrix E., del Giorgio, Paul A.
2014 Ecology (Date Added: 2014-08-05)

50- Synchronous dynamics of zooplankton competitors prevail in temperate lake ecosystems
Vasseur, D. A., Fox, J. W., Gonzalez, A., Adrian, R., Beisner, B. E., Helmus, M. R., Johnson, C., Kratina, P., Kremer, C., de Mazancourt, C., Miller, E., Nelson, W. A., Paterson, M., Rusak, J. A., Shurin, J. B., Steiner, C. F.
2014 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2014-07-08)

49- Nitrogen Forms Influence Microcystin Concentration and Composition via Changes in Cyanobacterial Community Structure
Monchamp, Marie-Eve, Pick, Frances R., Beisner, Beatrix E., Maranger, Roxane
2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-05-01)

48- Thermocline deepening and mixing alter zooplankton phenology, biomass and body size in a whole-lake experiment
Gauthier, Joanna, Prairie, Yves T., Beisner, Beatrix E.
2014 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2014-02-24)

47- Biomass and productivity responses of zooplankton communities to experimental thermocline deepening
Sastri, Akash R., Gauthier, Joanna, Juneau, Philippe, Beisner, Beatrix E.
2014 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2014-02-24)

46- Evaluation of chitobiase-based estimates of biomass and production rates for developing freshwater crustacean zooplankton communities
Sastri, A, P Juneau and BE Beisner
2013 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

45- Niche overlap and diversity patterns in lake phytoplankton
Beisner, BE and ML Longhi
2013 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

44- Using functional traits to investigate the determinants of crustacean zooplankton community structure
Vogt, Richard J., Peres-Neto, Pedro R., Beisner, Beatrix E.
2013 Oikos (Date Added: 2013-12-02)

43- Influence of light on the foraging impact of an introduced predatory cladoceran, Bythotrephes longimanus
Jokela, Anneli, Arnott, Shelley E., Beisner, Beatrix E.
2013 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2013-07-23)

41- A plankton research gem: The probable closure of the Experimental 
Lakes Area, Canada
Beisner, BE
2012 Journal of Plankton Researc (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

40-Nature All Around Us
Beisner, BE, C Messier and L-A Giraldeau (ed)
2012 ( Date Added: 2016-06-27)

39- The shifting states of resilience: easier to define than to measure
Beisner, BE
2012 Ideas in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

38- Nature all around us : a guide to urban ecology
Beisner, Beatrix E, Messier, Christian C, Giraldeau, Luc-Alain (eds)
2012 (Date Added: 2012-09-14)

37- Alternative Stable States
Beisner, Beatrix
2012 Nature Education Knowledge (Date Added: 2012-09-10)

36- Recurrent internal waves in a small lake: Potential ecological consequences for metalimnetic phytoplankton populations
Pannard, Alexandrine, Beisner, Beatrix E., Bird, David F., Braun, Jean, Planas, Dolors, Bormans, Myriam
2011 Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids & Environments (Date Added: 2012-09-10)

35- Homage to G. Evelyn Hutchinson
Gonzalez, Andrew, Beisner, Beatrix
2011 Conservation Biology (Date Added: 2012-09-10)

34- Patterns of Bythotrephes longimanus distribution relative to native macroinvertebrates and zooplankton prey
Jokela, Anneli, Arnott, Shelley E., Beisner, Beatrix E.
2011 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2011-12-05)

33- Palaeolimnological insights for biodiversity science: an emerging field
Gregory-Eaves, Irene, Beisner, Beatrix E.
2011 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-09-28)

32- In vivo determination of Daphnia feeding rates using PAM fluorometry
Sastri, A. R., Beisner, B. E., Juneau, P.
2011 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2011-09-20)

31- Assessing the impact of dispersal on zooplankton community structure
Vogt, R. J., Beisner, B. E.
2011 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2011-08-11)

30- Direct and indirect effects of an invasive planktonic predator on pelagic food webs
Strecker, A.L., Beisner, B.E., Arnott, S.E., Paterson, A.M., Winter, J.G., Johannsson, O.E., Yan, N.D.
2011 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

29- Effects of thermocline deepening on lake plankton communities
Cantin, A., Beisner, B.E., Gunn, J.M., Prairie, Y.T., Winter, J.G.
2011 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

28- Meso-scale distributions of lake zooplankton reveal spatially and temporally varying trophic cascades
Lévesque, S., Beisner, B.E., Peres-Neto, P.R.
2010 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

27- Functional diversity is positively associated with biomass for lake diatoms
Vogt, R.J., Beisner, B.E., Prairie, Y.T.
2010 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

26- Potential and realized interactions between two aquatic invasive species: Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus)
Maezo, M.J., Fournier, H., Beisner, B.E.
2010 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

25- Patterns in taxonomic and functional diversity of lake phytoplankton
Longhi, M.L., Beisner, B.E.
2010 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

24- Seasonal trophic dynamics affect zooplankton community variability
Beisner, B.E., Peres-Neto, P.R.
2009 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

23- Processes governing riverine fish species richness are scale-independent
Romanuk, T.N., Beisner, B.E., Hayward, A., Jackson, L.J., Post, J.R., McCauley, E.
2009 Community Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

22- Regional ecosystem variability drives the relative importance of bottom-up and top-down factors for zooplankton size spectra
Finlay, K., Beisner, B.E., Patoine, A., Pinel-Alloul, B.
2007 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

21- The use of the Laser Optical Plankton Counter to measure zooplankton size, abundance, and biomass in small freshwater lakes
Finlay, K., Beisner, B.E., Barnett, A.J.D.
2007 Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

20- Functional diversity of crustacean zooplankton communities: Towards a trait-based classification
Barnett, A.J., Finlay, K., Beisner, B.E.
2007 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

18- Indirect food web effects of Bythotrephes invasion: Responses by the rotifer Conochilus in Harp Lake, Canada
Hovius, J.T., Beisner, B.E., McCann, K.S., Yan, N.D.
2007 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

17- L'écologie en ville : 25 leçons d'écologie de terrain
Messier, Christian, Beisner, Beatrix Elisabeth, Giraldeau, Luc-Alain
2006 (Date Added: 2012-10-04)

16- The role of environmental and spatial processes in structuring lake communities from bacteria to fish
Beisner, B.E., Peres-Neto, P.R., Lindström, E.S., Barnett, A., Longhi, M.L.
2006 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

15- Non-omnivorous generality promotes population stability
Romanuk, T.N., Beisner, B.E., Martinez, N.D., Kolasa, J.
2006 Biology Letters (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

14- Environmental productivity and biodiversity effects on invertebrate community invasibility
Beisner, B.E., Hovius, J., Hayward, A., Kolasa, J., Romanuk, T.N.
2006 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

13- Epilimnetic rotifer community responses to Bythotrephes longimanus invasion in Canadian Shield lakes
Hovius, J.T., Beisner, B.E., McCann, K.S.
2006 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

12- Assessing future ecosystem services: A case study of the Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin
Peterson, G.D., Beard Jr., T.D., Beisner, B.E., Bennett, E.M., Carpenter, S.R., Cumming, G.S., Dent, C.L., Havlicek, T.D.
2003 Conservation Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-08)

11- Variability of lakes on the landscape: Roles of phosphorus, food webs, and dissolved organic carbon
Beisner, B.E., Dent, C.L., Carpenter, S.R.
2003 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

10- The effects of an exotic fish invasion on the prey communities of two lakes
Beisner, B.E., Ives, A.R., Carpenter, S.R.
2003 Journal of Animal Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

9- Behavioral stochastic resonance: How the noise from a Daphnia swarm enhances individual prey capture by juvenile paddlefish
Freund, J.A., Schimansky-Geier, L., Beisner, B., Neiman, A., Russell, D.F., Yakusheva, T., Moss, F.
2002 Journal of Theoretical Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

8- Behavioral stochastic resonance: How a noisy army betrays its outpost
Freund, J.A., Kienert, J., Schimansky-Geier, L., Beisner, B., Neiman, A., Russell, D.F., Yakusheva, T., Moss, F.
2001 Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

6- Herbivory in variable environments: An experimental test of the effects of vertical mixing and Daphnia on phytoplankton community structure
Beisner, B.E.
2001 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

5- Fluctuating environments and phytoplankton community structure: A stochastic model
Anderies, J.M., Beisner, B.E.
2000 American Naturalist (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

3- The influence of temperature and food chain length on plankton predator-prey dynamics
Beisner, B.E., McCauley, E., Wrona, F.J.
1997 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

2- Predator-prey instability: Individual-level mechanisms for population-level results
Beisner, B.E., Mccauley, E., Wrona, F.J.
1997 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

1- Temperature-mediated dynamics of planktonic food chains: The effect of an invertebrate carnivore
Beisner, B.E., McCauley, E., Wrona, F.J.
1996 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)