derry LAB


Alison Derry

Associate Professor

Département des Sciences Biologiques

Pavillon des Sciences Biologiques

Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3P8 

Email : derry.alison@uqam.ca

Phone: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496

Fax: 514-987-4647

Office: SB-2940, Lab: SB-2135

Ecology and Evolution of Aquatic Ecosystems

Prof. Alison Derry’s research program is at the interface between ecology and evolution, with the goal of understanding mechanisms that explain the maintenance of biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. We focus on the effects of historical and current anthropogenic stressors on the ecology and evolution of populations and communities, and how these interactions may feedback to influence aquatic ecosystem function. Research in the Derry lab is focused on three principal objectives: 1) factors that influence intraspecific variation in communities and food webs, 2) the ecology and evolution of metacommunities, and 3) eco-evolutionary feedbacks (reciprocal interactions between ecology and evolution).

My students receive training in designing observational and experimental studies. We draw on skills in population genomics, DNA metabarcoding of aquatic communities, evolutionary analysis of morphometric and performance traits, as well as ecological metrics of food webs, ecosystem processes, and water quality. Our study organisms are mostly at lower trophic levels in aquatic food webs: phytoplankton, bacteria, fungi, zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates, and we have strong collaborations with fish biologists. Our field research is conducted across a diversity of aquatic ecosystems in Canada, including the Rockies, boreal shield lakes in Ontario and in Québec, Newfoundland, and Alaska, USA. Improving our knowledge of how ecology and evolution influence each other is critical for understanding factors that influence and mitigate biodiversity loss in face of anthropogenic disturbance.

My lab is part of the GRIL and GRIL-UQAM, an interdisciplinary research group which promotes the study of aquatic ecosystems. Within this group, I co-supervise students, perform collaborative fieldwork and participate in weekly discussion groups and conferences

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