Beatrix Beisner

Associate Professor,
Université du Québec à Montréal

Département de sciences biologiques
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
Interactive impacts of global change on freshwater plankton: implications for lake food web structure and function
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Vera Onana

Ph.D.
(Start: 2018)
Comparative Metagenomic Study of the Structure and Function of Freshwater Bacterioplankton across Canadian lakes

Martin Demers

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Paul del Giorgio, Université du Québec à Montréal
(Start: 2016)
Effet de Chaoborus sp sur le cycle du carbone et la production de méthane dans les lacs

Previous students (since 2009)

Alexandrine Pannard

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2007, End: 2009)
Phytoplankton community structure and physical mixing

Akash Sastri

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2009, End: 2013)
Zooplankton diversity and productivity dynamics

Nicolas Fortin-St. Gelais

Ph.D.
Other (co-)supervisor: Paul delGiorgio
(Start: 2010, End: 2015)
Lanscape Patterns in Zooplankton Functional and Taxonomic Diversity

Anneli Jokela

Ph.D.
Other (co-)supervisor: Dr. Shelley Arnott, Queen's University
(Start: 2007, End: 2013)
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)
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
Biodiversity of Zooplankton in Urban Ponds

Richard Vogt

Ph.D.
(Start: 2004, End: 2009)
Plankton metacommunity ecology

Amanda Winegardner

Ph.D.
(Start: 2012, End: 2016)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Irene Gregory-Eaves
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
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)
Thermocline depth and plankton community structure

Nadia El Moussaoui

M.Sc.
(Start: 2012, End: 2015)
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)
Benthic macroinvertebrate response to urbanization in Laval city.
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Joanna Gauthier

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Yves Prairie, UQAM
(Start: 2010, End: 2012)
Effects of lake thermocline deepening on zooplankton community phenology

Myriam Jourdain

M.Sc.
(Start: 2007, End: 2010)
Factors affecting cyanobacterial bloom formation

Alexandre L. Bourassa

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Jan Franssen, Université de Montréal
(Start: 2015, End: 2017)
Diversity of fish communities and their habitats linked with life-history traits : An urban perspective

Vincent Ouellet Jobin

M.Sc.
(Start: 2011, End: 2014)
Phytoplankton niche segregation in relation to a lac's vertical structure in the TIMEX project

Cindy Paquette

M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2016)
Effet du CO2 et du broutage par le zooplancton sur le maximum de chlorophylle en profondeur

Examples of species studied

Bythotrephes longimanus
Myriophyllum spicatum
Orconectes rusticus
Bythotrephes
Conochilus
Lepidoptera
Lasiocampidae
Chaoborus


Publications

87- Application of fluorometry (Phyto-PAM) for assessing food selection by cladocerans
Chesney T , , Sastri A R , , Beisner B E , , Nandini S , , Sarma S S S , , Juneau P ,
2018 Hydrobiologia (Date Added: 2018-10-03)

86- Summer assessment of zooplankton biodiversity and environmental control in urban waterbodies on the Island of Montréal
Mimouni E , , Pinel-Alloul B , , Beisner B E , , Legendre P ,
2018 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2018-09-07)

85- Microbial life under ice: Metagenome diversity and in situ activity of Verrucomicrobia in seasonally ice-covered Lakes
Tran P , , Ramachandran A , , Khawasik O , , Beisner B E , , Rautio M , , Huot Y , , Walsh D A ,
2018 Environmental Microbiology (Date Added: 2018-09-07)

84- Shifts in algal dominance in freshwater experimental ponds across differing levels of macrophytes and nutrients
Iacarella J C , , Barrow J L , , Giani A , , Beisner B E , , Gregory-Eaves I ,
2018 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2018-02-18)

83- Interaction effects of zooplankton and CO2on phytoplankton communities and the deep chlorophyll maximum
Paquette C , , Beisner B E ,
2018 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2018-01-18)

82- Limited functional responses of plankton food webs in northern lakes following diamond mining
St-Gelais N F , , Jokela A , , Beisner B E ,
2018 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2018-01-18)

81- Importance of trait-related flexibility for food-web dynamics and the maintenance of biodiversity
Gaedke U , , Beisner B E , , Binzer A , , Downing A , , Guill C , , Klauschies T , , Kuiper J J , , Soudijn F H , , Mooij W M ,
2017 Adaptive Food Webs: Stability and Transitions of Real and Model Ecosystems (Date Added: 2018-06-24)

80- Benthic macroinvertebrate and fish metacommunity structure in temperate urban streams
Bourassa, AL, Fraser, L, Beisner, BE
2017 Journal of Urban Ecology (Date Added: 2018-05-03)

79- Magnitude and regulation of zooplankton community production across boreal lakes: Zooplankton community production
F St-Gelais, N, Sastri, AR, del Giorgio, PA, Beisner, BE
2017 Limnology and Oceanography Letters (Date Added: 2018-05-03)

77-Importance of Trait-Related Flexibility for Food-Web Dynamics and the Maintenance of Biodiversity
Ursula Gaedke , BEB
2017 ( Date Added: 2018-05-03)

76- Patterns and drivers of deep chlorophyll maxima structure in 100 lakes: The relative importance of light and thermal stratification
Leach T H , , Beisner B E , , Carey C C , , Pernica P , , Rose K C , , Huot Y , , Brentrup J A , , Domaizon I , , Grossart H , , Ibelings B W , , Jacquet S , , Kelly P T , , Rusak J A , , Stockwell J D , , Straile D , , Verburg P ,
2017 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2018-03-22)

75- Diatom diversity patterns over the past c. 150 years across the conterminous United States of America: Identifying mechanisms behind beta diversity
Winegardner A K , , Legendre P , , Beisner B E , , Gregory-Eaves I ,
2017 Global Ecology and Biogeography (Date Added: 2017-11-03)

74- Surface water CO2concentration influences phytoplankton production but not community composition across boreal lakes
Vogt R J , , St-Gelais N F , , Bogard M J , , Beisner B E , , del Giorgio P A ,
2017 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2017-10-28)

73- Cladoceran diversity dynamics in lakes from a northern mining region: Responses to multiple stressors characterized by alpha and beta diversity
Winegardner A K , , Salter N , , Aebischer S , , Pienitz R , , Derry A M , , Wing B , , Beisner B E , , Gregory-Eaves I ,
2017 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2017-10-07)

72- Biotic resistance of impact: a native predator (Chaoborus) influences the impact of an invasive predator (Bythotrephes) in temperate lakes
Jokela A , , Arnott S E , , Beisner B E ,
2017 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2017-02-21)

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

70- Linking zooplankton communities to ecosystem functioning: toward an effect-trait framework
Hébert, M-, Beisner, BE, Maranger, R
2016 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2017-02-03)

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

68- Lake Name or Name Lake? The etymology of lake nomenclature in the United States
Beisner, BE, Carey, CC
2016 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2016-08-04)

67- Functional Traits
Nock, C
2016 Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

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

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

64- A meta-analysis of zooplankton functional traits influencing ecosystem function
Hébert, MP, Beisner, BE, Maranger, R
2016 Ecology (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

63- 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)

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

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

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

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

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

57- Warming induces synchrony and destabilizes experimental pond zooplankton metacommunities
Thompson, PL, Beisner, BE, Gonzalez, A
2015 Oikos (Date Added: 2015-10-22)

56- Rapid eco-evolutionary responses in perturbed phytoplankton communities
Thibodeau, G, Walsh, DA, Beisner, BE
2015 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2015-10-22)

54- Effect of experimental deepening of the thermocline and oxycline on methylmercury accumulation in a Canadian Shield Lake
Perron, T
2014 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

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

52- Contrasting patterns of allochthony among three major groups of crustacean zooplankton in boreal and temperate lakes
Berggren, M, Ziegler, SE, St-Gelais, NF, Beisner, BE, del Giorgio, PA
2014 Ecology (Date Added: 2014-08-05)

51- Synchronous dynamics of zooplankton competitors prevail in temperate lake ecosystems
Vasseur, DA, Fox, JW, Gonzalez, A, Adrian, R, Beisner, BE, Helmus, MR, Johnson, C, Kratina, P, Kremer, C, de Mazancourt, C, Miller, E, Nelson, WA, Paterson, M, Rusak, JA, Shurin, JB, Steiner, CF
2014 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2014-07-08)

50- Nitrogen Forms Influence Microcystin Concentration and Composition via Changes in Cyanobacterial Community Structure
Monchamp, M, Pick, FR, Beisner, BE, Maranger, R
2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-05-01)

49- Thermocline deepening and mixing alter zooplankton phenology, biomass and body size in a whole-lake experiment
Gauthier, J, Prairie, YT, Beisner, BE
2014 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2014-02-24)

48- Biomass and productivity responses of zooplankton communities to experimental thermocline deepening
Sastri, AR, Gauthier, J, Juneau, P, Beisner, BE
2014 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2014-02-24)

46- Niche overlap and diversity patterns in lake phytoplankton
Beisner, BaML
2013 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

45- Using functional traits to investigate the determinants of crustacean zooplankton community structure
Vogt, RJ, Peres-Neto, PR, Beisner, BE
2013 Oikos (Date Added: 2013-12-02)

44- Influence of light on the foraging impact of an introduced predatory cladoceran, Bythotrephes longimanus
Jokela, A, Arnott, SE, Beisner, BE
2013 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2013-07-23)

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

41-Nature All Around Us
Beisner, B
2012 ( Date Added: 2016-06-27)

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

39- Nature all around us : a guide to urban ecology
Beisner, BE, Messier, CC, Giraldeau, L(
2012 (Date Added: 2012-09-14)

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

37- Recurrent internal waves in a small lake: Potential ecological consequences for metalimnetic phytoplankton populations
Pannard, A, Beisner, BE, Bird, DF, Braun, J, Planas, D, Bormans, M
2011 Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids & Environments (Date Added: 2012-09-10)

36- Homage to G. Evelyn Hutchinson
Gonzalez, A, Beisner, B
2011 Conservation Biology (Date Added: 2012-09-10)

35- Patterns of Bythotrephes longimanus distribution relative to native macroinvertebrates and zooplankton prey
Jokela, A, Arnott, SE, Beisner, BE
2011 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2011-12-05)

34- Palaeolimnological insights for biodiversity science: an emerging field
Gregory-Eaves, I, Beisner, BE
2011 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-09-28)

33- In vivo determination of Daphnia feeding rates using PAM fluorometry
Sastri, AR, Beisner, BE, Juneau, P
2011 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2011-09-20)

32- Assessing the impact of dispersal on zooplankton community structure
Vogt, RJ, Beisner, BE
2011 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2011-08-11)

31- Direct and indirect effects of an invasive planktonic predator on pelagic food webs
Strecker, AL, Beisner, BE, Arnott, SE, Paterson, AM, Winter, JG, Johannsson, OE, Yan, ND
2011 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

30- Effects of thermocline deepening on lake plankton communities
Cantin, A, Beisner, BE, Gunn, JM, Prairie, YT, Winter, JG
2011 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

29- Meso-scale distributions of lake zooplankton reveal spatially and temporally varying trophic cascades
Lévesque, S, Beisner, BE, Peres-Neto, PR
2010 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

28- Functional diversity is positively associated with biomass for lake diatoms
Vogt, RJ, Beisner, BE, Prairie, YT
2010 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

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

26- Patterns in taxonomic and functional diversity of lake phytoplankton
Longhi, ML, Beisner, BE
2010 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

25- Seasonal trophic dynamics affect zooplankton community variability
Beisner, BE, Peres-Neto, PR
2009 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

24- Processes governing riverine fish species richness are scale-independent
Romanuk, TN, Beisner, BE, Hayward, A, Jackson, LJ, Post, JR, McCauley, E
2009 Community Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

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

22- The use of the Laser Optical Plankton Counter to measure zooplankton size, abundance, and biomass in small freshwater lakes
Finlay, K, Beisner, BE, Barnett, AJD
2007 Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

21- Functional diversity of crustacean zooplankton communities: Towards a trait-based classification
Barnett, AJ, Finlay, K, Beisner, BE
2007 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

19- Indirect food web effects of Bythotrephes invasion: Responses by the rotifer Conochilus in Harp Lake, Canada
Hovius, JT, Beisner, BE, McCann, KS, Yan, ND
2007 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

18- L'écologie en ville : 25 leçons d'écologie de terrain
Messier, C, Beisner, BE, Giraldeau, L
2006 (Date Added: 2012-10-04)

17- The role of environmental and spatial processes in structuring lake communities from bacteria to fish
Beisner, BE, Peres-Neto, PR, Lindström, ES, Barnett, A, Longhi, ML
2006 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

16- Non-omnivorous generality promotes population stability
Romanuk, TN, Beisner, BE, Martinez, ND, Kolasa, J
2006 Biology Letters (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

15- Environmental productivity and biodiversity effects on invertebrate community invasibility
Beisner, BE, Hovius, J, Hayward, A, Kolasa, J, Romanuk, TN
2006 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

14- Epilimnetic rotifer community responses to Bythotrephes longimanus invasion in Canadian Shield lakes
Hovius, JT, Beisner, BE, McCann, KS
2006 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

13- Assessing future ecosystem services: A case study of the Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin
Peterson, GD, Beard Jr , TD, Beisner, BE, Bennett, EM, Carpenter, SR, Cumming, GS, Dent, CL, Havlicek, TD
2003 Conservation Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-08)

12- Variability of lakes on the landscape: Roles of phosphorus, food webs, and dissolved organic carbon
Beisner, BE, Dent, CL, Carpenter, SR
2003 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

11- The effects of an exotic fish invasion on the prey communities of two lakes
Beisner, BE, Ives, AR, Carpenter, SR
2003 Journal of Animal Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

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

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

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

6- Fluctuating environments and phytoplankton community structure: A stochastic model
Anderies, JM, Beisner, BE
2000 American Naturalist (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

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

3- Predator-prey instability: Individual-level mechanisms for population-level results
Beisner, BE, Mccauley, E, Wrona, FJ
1997 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

2- Temperature-mediated dynamics of planktonic food chains: The effect of an invertebrate carnivore
Beisner, BE, McCauley, E, Wrona, FJ
1996 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-07)

1- The GRIL: A Limnological Research Network
Beisner, BE
Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin (Date Added: 2018-05-03)