Alison Derry

Assistant Professor,
Université du Québec à Montréal

Département de sciences biologiques
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Ph.D. (2007): Dept. Biology, Queen’s University
M.Sc. (2001): Dept. Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
B.Sc. (1997): University of Guelph


Landscape-level patterns in community and genetic diversity

We have little knowledge of the relationship between landscape-level diversity in populations and communities. This relationship is an important step for understanding how these levels of biological organization interact with one another (eco-evolutionary interactions). My students and I will compare patterns in community and genetic diversity across freshwater landscape gradients in carbon, nutrients and latitude that span regions impacted by agriculture and logging. We will conduct field surveys to compare the spatial distribution of genetic and phenotypic diversity.

Contemporary evolution across landscape gradients

Over the last decade, we have learned that "contemporary evolution" frequently occurs on the same time frame as ecological changes. This shift in how we view evolution in relation to ecology has highlighted the importance of considering evolutionary responses of populations. Genotypic diversity (the variety in the genetic make-up among individuals within a species) is important because it allows greater ability for some individuals within a species to adapt to changes in the environment, and therefore can influence the composition of communities. My students and I conduct laboratory and field experiments to study evolutionary responses to natural and anthropogenic environmental disturbance. We work with zooplankton populations linked by dispersal among heterogeneous habitats across the landscape (metapopulations).

Evolutionary effects on communities and ecosystems

There is increasing evidence that interactions between ecology and evolution are important for the maintenance of biodiversity in communities and for stability and functional resilience in ecosystems. Research in my lab studies ecological consequences of evolutionary diversity on freshwater communities and ecosystem functions, such as productivity and nutrient cycling. We will experimentally test how adaptive diversity can influence competitive interactions in zooplankton metacommunities and trophic cascades in freshwater ecosystems.

QCBS students

Matthew Yates

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2018)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dylan Fraser
Investigating the efficacy of eDNA to monitor species abundance in nature
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Mélia Lagacé

(Start: 2018, End: 2022)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dylan Fraser
Ecosystem consequences of fisheries-induced evolution in alpine lakes

Mathilde Salamon

(Start: 2017, End: 2022)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Rowan Barrett
Adaptive responses of the nordic copepod Leptodiaptomus minutus to anthropogenic disturbance of Canadian lakes

Previous students (since 2009)

Jorge Negrín Dastis

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2018, End: 2020)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
Evolutionary rescue in aquatic freshwater metacommunities exposed to multiple stressors
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Jorge Negrin-Dastis

(Start: 2012, End: 2017)
Eco-evolutionary consequences of altered food webs in aquatic ecosystems

Brent Brookes

(Start: 2017, End: 2019)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dylan Fraser
Evolutionary and demographic history of introduced Brook trout in national park alpine lakes

Mariane Daneau-Lamoureux

(Start: 2019, End: 2021)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Hendry
Eco-evolutionary consequences of forage fish stocking - Threespine Stickleback - in northern aquatic food webs

Anthony Merante

Other (co-)supervisor: Dr. Michael Arts, Environment Canada
(Start: 2011, End: 2014)
The effects of basal resource manipulation on the nutritional state and fatty acid profiles of freshwater crustacean zooplankton
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Marilyne Robidoux

Other (co-)supervisor: Paul del Giorgio, Université du Québec à Montréal
(Start: 2011, End: 2014)
Parallel traits and species selection of freshwater zooplankton populations and communities to increased dissolved organic carbon
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Sarah Sanderson

(Start: 2016, End: 2019)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Hendry
Limits to adaptation of the exotic round goby at the habitat margin in the Upper St. Lawrence River

Examples of species studied

Gammarus fasciatus


47- Current water quality guidelines across North America and Europe do not protect lakes from salinization
Journal Article
Hintz W D , Arnott S E , Symons C C , Greco D A , McClymont A , Brentrup J A , Cañedo-Argüelles M , Derry A M , Downing A L , Gray D K , Melles S J , Relyea R A , Rusak J A , Searle C L , Astorg L , Baker H K , Beisner B E , Cottingham K L , Ersoy Z , Espinosa C , Franceschini J , Giorgio A T , Göbeler N , Hassal E , Hébert M , Huynh M , Hylander S , Jonasen K L , Kirkwood A E , Langenheder S , Langvall O , Laudon H , Lind L , Lundgren M , Proia L , Schuler M S , Shurin J B , Steiner C F , Striebel M , Thibodeau S , Urrutia-Cordero P , Vendrell-Puigmitja L , Weyhenmeyer G A ,
2022 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Date Added: 2022-03-07)

46- Neutral and adaptive drivers of genomic change in introduced brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) populations revealed by pooled sequencing
Journal Article
Brookes B , Jeon H , Derry A M , Post J R , Rogers S M , Humphries S , Fraser D J ,
2022 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2022-03-02)

45- Effects of freshwater salinization on a salt-naïve planktonic eukaryote community
Journal Article
Astorg L , Gagnon J , Lazar C S , Derry A M ,
2022 Limnology And Oceanography Letters (Date Added: 2022-02-24)

44- Lake salinization drives consistent losses of zooplankton abundance and diversity across coordinated mesocosm experiments
Journal Article
Hébert M , Symons C C , Cañedo‐Argüelles M , Arnott S E , Derry A M , Fugère V , Hintz W D , Melles S J , Astorg L , Baker H K , Brentrup J A , Downing A L , Ersoy Z , Espinosa C , Franceschini J M , Giorgio A T , Göbeler N , Gray D K , Greco D , Hassal E , Huynh M , Hylander S , Jonasen K L , Kirkwood A , Langenheder S , Langvall O , Laudon H , Lind L , Lundgren M , McClymont A , Proia L , Relyea R A , Rusak J A , Schuler M S , Searle C L , Shurin J B , Steiner C F , Striebel M , Thibodeau S , Urrutia Cordero P , Vendrell‐Puigmitja L , Weyhenmeyer G A , Beisner B E ,
2022 Limnology And Oceanography Letters (Date Added: 2022-02-23)

43- Two decades since first invasion: Revisiting round goby impacts on nearshore aquatic communities in the Upper St. Lawrence River
Journal Article
Astorg L , Charette C , Windle M J , Derry A M ,
2022 Journal of Great Lakes Research (Date Added: 2022-02-12)

42- Integrating physiology and environmental dynamics to operationalize environmental DNA (eDNA) as a means to monitor freshwater macro-organism abundance
Journal Article
Yates M C , Cristescu M E , Derry A M ,
2021 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2021-10-27)

41- The evolutionary ecology of fatty-acid variation: Implications for consumer adaptation and diversification
Journal Article
Twining C W , Bernhardt J R , Derry A M , Hudson C M , Ishikawa A , Kabeya N , Kainz M J , Kitano J , Kowarik C , Ladd S N , Leal M C , Scharnweber K , Shipley J R , Matthews B ,
2021 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2021-06-17)

40- Rotenone for exotic trout eradication: nontarget impacts on aquatic communities in a mountain lake
Journal Article
Beaulieu J , Trépanier-Leroux D , Fischer J M , Olson M H , Thibodeau S , Humphries S , Fraser D J , Derry A M ,
2021 Lake and Reservoir Management (Date Added: 2021-06-02)

39- Allometric scaling of eDNA production in stream-dwelling brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) inferred from population size structure
Journal Article
Yates M C , Wilcox T M , McKelvey K S , Young M K , Schwartz M K , Derry A M ,
2021 Environmental DNA (Date Added: 2021-05-30)

38- Phenotypic stability in scalar calcium of freshwater fish across a wide range of aqueous calcium availability in nature
Journal Article
Sanderson S , Derry A M , Hendry A P ,
2021 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-05-11)

37- Environmental RNA: A Revolution in Ecological Resolution?
Journal Article
Yates M C , Derry A M , Cristescu M E ,
2021 Trends in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-04-02)

36- A continuum of genetic mixing for conservation management along the (mal)adaptation spectrum: A comment on Hoffmann et al.
Journal Note
Crispo E , Derry A M , Brady S P ,
2021 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2021-02-04)

35- Freshwater zooplankton metapopulations and metacommunities respond differently to environmental and spatial variation
Journal Article
Martin G K , Beisner B E , Chain F J J , Cristescu M E , Giorgio P A , Derry A M ,
2020 Ecology (Date Added: 2020-12-04)

34- Different refuge types dampen exotic invasion and enhance diversity at the whole ecosystem scale in a heterogeneous river system
Journal Article
Astorg L , Sanderson S , Côté-Gravel V , Sorbara F , Windle M J S , Hendry A P , Derry A M ,
2020 Biological Invasions (Date Added: 2020-10-19)

33- The relationship between eDNA particle concentration and organism abundance in nature is strengthened by allometric scaling
Journal Article
Yates M C , Glaser D M , Post J R , Cristescu M E , Fraser D J , Derry A M ,
2020 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2020-08-06)

32- Fish growth rates and lake sulphate explain variation in mercury levels in ninespine stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska
Journal Article
Burke S , Zimmerman C , Laske S , Koch J , Derry A , Guernon S , Branfireun B , Swanson H ,
2020 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2020-07-27)

31- Understanding maladaptation by uniting ecological and evolutionary perspectives
Journal Article
Brady S P , Bolnick D I , Barrett R D H , Chapman L , Crispo E , Derry A M , Eckert C G , Fraser D J , Fussmann G F , Gonzalez A , Guichard F , Lamy T , Lane J , McAdam A G , Newman A E M , Paccard A , Robertson B , Rolshausen G , Schulte P M , Simons A M , Vellend M , Hendry A ,
2019 American Naturalist (Date Added: 2019-09-15)

30- Causes of maladaptation
Journal Article
Brady S P , Bolnick D I , Angert A L , Gonzalez A , Barrett R D , Crispo E , Derry A M , Eckert C G , Fraser D J , Fussmann G F , Guichard F , Lamy T , McAdam A G , Newman A E , Paccard A , Rolshausen G , Simons A M , Hendry A P ,
2019 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2019-08-31)

29- Conservation through the lens of (mal)adaptation: Concepts and meta-analysis
Journal Article
Derry A M , Fraser D J , Brady S P , Astorg L , Lawrence E R , Martin G K , Matte J , Negrín Dastis J O , Paccard A , Barrett R D H , Chapman L J , Lane J E , Ballas C G , Close M , Crispo E ,
2019 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2019-08-31)

28- Phenotype–environment mismatch in metapopulations—Implications for the maintenance of maladaptation at the regional scale
Journal Article
Negrín Dastis J O , Milne R , Guichard F , Derry A M ,
2019 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2019-08-22)

27- The coevolution of adult body mass and excretion rate between genetically size-divergent brook trout populations
Journal Article
Guernon S , Yates M C , Fraser D J , Derry A M ,
2019 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2019-03-06)

26- Global patterns and drivers of ecosystem functioning in rivers and riparian zones
Journal Article
Tiegs S D , Costello D M , Isken M W , Woodward G , McIntyre P B , Gessner M O , Chauvet E , Griffiths N A , Flecker A S , Acuña V , Albariño R , Allen D C , Alonso C , Andino P , Arango C , Aroviita J , Barbosa M V M , Barmuta L A , Baxter C V , Bell T D C , Bellinger B , Boyero L , Brown L E , Bruder A , Bruesewitz D A , Burdon F J , Callisto M , Canhoto C , Capps K A , Castillo M M , Clapcott J , Colas F , Colón-Gaud C , Cornut J , Crespo-Pérez V , Cross W F , Culp J M , Danger M , Dangles O , de Eyto E , Derry A M , Villanueva V D , Douglas M M , Elosegi A , Encalada A C , Entrekin S , Espinosa R , Ethaiya D , Ferreira V , Ferriol C , Flanagan K M , Fleituch T , Follstad Shah J J , Frainer Barbosa A , Friberg N , Frost P C , Garcia E A , García Lago L , García Soto P E , Ghate S , Giling D P , Gilmer A , Gonçalves J F , Gonzales R K , Graça M A S , Grace M , Grossart H , Guérold F , Gulis V , Hepp L U , Higgins S , Hishi T , Huddart J , Hudson J , Imberger S , Iñiguez-Armijos C , Iwata T , Janetski D J , Jennings E , Kirkwood A E , Koning A A , Kosten S , Kuehn K A , Laudon H , Leavitt P R , Lemes da Silva A L , Leroux S J , LeRoy C J , Lisi P J , MacKenzie R , Marcarelli A M , Masese F O , McKie B G , Oliveira Medeiros A , Meissner K , Miliša M , Mishra S , Miyake Y , Moerke A , Mombrikotb S , Mooney R , Moulton T , Muotka T , Negishi J N , Neres-Lima V , Nieminen M L , Nimptsch J , Ondruch J , Paavola R , Pardo I , Patrick C J , Peeters E T H M , Pozo J , Pringle C , Prussian A , Quenta E , Quesada A , Reid B , Richardson J S , Rigosi A , Rincón J , Rîşnoveanu G , Robinson C T , Rodríguez-Gallego L , Royer T V , Rusak J A , Santamans A C , Selmeczy G B , Simiyu G , Skuja A , Smykla J , Sridhar K R , Sponseller R , Stoler A , Swan C M , Szlag D , Teixeira-de Mello F , Tonkin J D , Uusheimo S , Veach A M , Vilbaste S , Vought L B M , Wang C , Webster J R , Wilson P B , Woelfl S , Xenopoulos M A , Yates A G , Yoshimura C , Yule C M , Zhang Y X , Zwart J A ,
2019 Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics (Date Added: 2019-01-24)

25- A fish-mediated trophic cascade on freshwater calanoid copepod abundance is concealed by food web fatty acid availability, functional traits and population sex ratio
Journal Article
Negrín Dastis J O , Yates M C , Fraser D J , Derry A M ,
2018 Journal of Plankton Research (Date Added: 2018-05-03)

24- Cladoceran diversity dynamics in lakes from a northern mining region: Responses to multiple stressors characterized by alpha and beta diversity
Journal Article
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)

23- Climate alters intraspecific variation in copepod effect traits through pond food webs
Journal Article
Charette C , Derry A M ,
2016 Ecology (Date Added: 2017-03-03)

22- Climate alters intraspecific variation in copepod effect traits through pond food webs
Journal Article
Charette, C, Derry, AM
2016 Ecology (Date Added: 2017-02-21)

21- The impact of regional landscape context on local maladaptive trait divergence: a field test using freshwater copepod acid tolerance
Journal Article
Negrín Dastis, JO, Derry, AM
2016 Evolutionary Ecology (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

20- Coprolalia as a manifestation of epileptic seizures
Journal Article
Massot-Tarrus, A, Mousavi, SR, Dove, C, Hayman-Abello S, S, Hayman-Abello, B, Derry, PA, Diosy, DC, McLachlan, RS, Burneo, JG, Steven, DA, Mirsattari, SM
2016 Epilepsy & Behavior : E&B (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

19- Climate alters intraspecific variation in copepod effect traits through pond food webs
Journal Article
Charette, C, Derry, AM
2016 Ecology (Date Added: 2016-05-31)

18- Exploring the contribution of zooplankton and protists to the top-down regulation of freshwater aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria
Journal Article
Garcia-Chaves, M, Cottrell, MT, Kirchman, DL, Derry, A, Bogard M , del Giorgio P A ,
2015 Aquatic Microbial Ecology (Date Added: 2016-06-27)

17- Effects of humic stress on the zooplankton from clear and DOC-rich lakes
Journal Article
Robidoux, M, del Giorgio, P, Derry, A
2015 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2015-07-20)

16- Oxic water column methanogenesis as a major component of aquatic CH4 fluxes
Journal Article
Bogard, MJ, del Giorgio, PA, Boutet, L, Chaves, MCG, Prairie, YT, Merante, A, Derry, AM
2014 Nature Communications (Date Added: 2016-08-09)

15- Ecology in the age of DNA barcoding: the resource, the promise and the challenges ahead
Journal Article
Joly, S, Davies, TJ, Archambault, A, Bruneau, A, Derry, A, Kembel, SW, Peres-Neto, P, Vamosi, J, Wheeler, TA
2014 Molecular Ecology Resources (Date Added: 2014-03-04)

14- Possible influences of plasticity and genetic/maternal effects on species coexistence: native_Gammarus fasciatus_facing exotic amphipods
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Kestrup, M, Hendry, AP, Pfrender, M
2013 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2016-07-14)

13- The recovery of acid-damaged zooplankton communities in Canadian Lakes: the relative importance of abiotic, biotic and spatial variables
Journal Article
Gray, DK, Arnott, SE, Shead, JA, Derry, AM
2012 Freshwater Biology (Date Added: 2012-09-15)

12- Metacommunity biology as an eco-evolutionary framework for understanding exotic invasion in aquatic ecosystems
Conference Article
Howeth, J, Derry, A, Reitzel, A, Kemp, PF
2010 Eco-DAS VIII Symposium Proceedings (Date Added: 2012-09-15)

11- Evolutionary shifts in copepod acid tolerance in an acid-recovering lake indicated by resurrected resting eggs
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Arnott, SE, Boag, PT
2010 Evolutionary Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

10- Ecological linkages between community and genetic diversity in zooplankton among boreal shield lakes
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Arnott, SE, Shead, JA, Hebert, PDN, Boag, PT
2009 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

8- Variation in calanoid copepod resting egg abundance among lakes with different acidification histories
Journal Article
Chan, EM, Derry, AM, Watson, LA, Arnott, SE
2008 Hydrobiologia (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

7- Zooplankton community response to experimental acidification in boreal shield lakes with different ecological histories
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Arnott, SE
2007 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

6- Adaptive reversals in acid tolerance in copepods from lakes recovering from historical stress
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Arnott, SE
2007 Ecological Applications (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

5- A comparison of zooplankton communities in saline lakewater with variable anion composition
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Prepas, EE, Hebert, PDN
2003 Hydrobiologia (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

4- Evolution of rotifers in saline and subsaline lakes: A molecular phylogenetic approach
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Hebert, PDN, Prepas, EE
2003 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

3- Functional diversity and community structure of microorganisms in rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere Canadian arctic soils
Journal Article
Tam, L, Derry, AM, Kevan, PG, Trevors, JT
2001 Biodiversity and Conservation (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

2- Soil nutrients and vegetation characteristics of a Dorset/Thule site in the Canadian arctic
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Kevan, PG, Rowley, SDM
1999 Arctic (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

1- Functional diversity and community structure of microorganisms in uncontaminated and creosote-contaminated soils as determined by sole-carbon-source-utilization
Journal Article
Derry, AM, Staddon, WJ, Trevors, JT
1998 World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology (Date Added: 2011-04-04)

In the media

Plus de 13 millions en subventions
(Therrien, Nicole) 2018-05-03

De minuscules baromètres du climat dans les lacs - Agence Science-Presse
Agence Science-Presse (Burgun, Isabelle) 2013-05-09

Chercheuse d'eau douce
Journal l'UQAM (Caza, Pierre-Etienne) 2013-04-15

Deux professeures obtiennent 772 000 $ grâce à la Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation
UQAM Nouvelles 2012-07-18