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Michael Paterson

Michael Paterson

Chief Research Scientist, IISD-ELA

Michael Paterson has worked as a Research Scientist at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) since 1992. His research has focused on the ecosystem effects of human activities on freshwater lakes and his areas of expertise include aquatic food webs, plankton ecology, nutrients, and contaminants. While at ELA, Michael has been involved in whole-ecosystem studies on the effects of hydroelectric reservoir development, aquaculture, eutrophication, contaminants, acidification, and climate change. Prior to moving to IISD, Michael was a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at Winnipeg’s Freshwater Institute and he has also worked as an environmental consultant for P. Lane & Associates in Halifax, N.S. and North/South Consultants in Winnipeg. Michael is currently an Adjunct Professor in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Entomology.

Kidd, K.A., M.J. Paterson, M.D. Rennie, C.L. Podemski, D.L. Findlay, P.J. Blanchfield, and K. Liber. Direct and indirect responses of a freshwater food web to a potent synthetic estrogen. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B. 369: in press dx.doi.org/101098/rstb 2013.0578.

Vasseur, D.A., J.W. Fox, A. Gonzalez, R .Adrian, B.E. Beisner, M.R. Helmus, C. Johnson, P. Kratina, C. Kremer, C. de Mazancourt, E. Miller, W.A. Nelson, M. Paterson, J.A. Rusak, J.B. Shurin and C.F. Steiner. Synchronous dynamics of zooplankton competitors prevail in temperate lake ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 2104 281, 20140633

Mailman, M., R.A. Bodaly, M.J. Paterson, S. Thompson, and R.J. Flett. 2014. Low-level experimental selenite additions decrease mercury in aquatic food chains and fish muscle but increase selenium in fish gonads. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 66: 32-40.

A full list of his scientific publications is attached.


Phone: (807) 226-5162 ext. 225 (IISD-ELA); (204) 958-7700 ext. 758 (Winnipeg)
  • Education

    Doctor of Biology (1991): Dalhousie University.

    Master of Arts – Biology (1985): Indiana University.

    Bachelor of Sciences – Zoology (1982): University of Manitoba.