Determining the effect of multiple stressors (suspended sediment, temperature, nutrient loading) on the ecophysiology of SAR mussels under ecologically relevant flow conditions & Determining the habitat of juvenile SAR unionid mussels through the application of supply side ecology
Via the partnership fund, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has invested $257,517 over three years in projects at the University of Guelph related to species-at-risk science. These projects, led by Dr. Josef Daniel Ackerman at the University of Guelph’s Department of Integrative Biology, focuses on Great Lakes area freshwater, at-risk species of mussels. The first project examines how at-risk mussel species and common mussels that live in flowing water adapt to feeding on varying amounts of suspended sediment, and rates of water flow typical in their environment. The second project will model the potential paths of juvenile mussels that excyst from host fish and then use direct measurement of streambed shear stress to determine where to excavate in search of juvenile mussels.
Year: 2017, 2018, 2019
Partner: University of Guelph
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Josef Daniel Ackerman
Eco-region: Great lakes
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