backResearcher Profile

Muhammad Akhtar (Ali) Alikhan

Employer: Laurentian University
Place of Birth: Lyallpur, Panjab, Pakistan
Public School attended: St. Rafael Catholic Mission School, Lyallpur (Pakistan)
High School attended: Islamia High School, Lyallpur (Pakistan)
Further Education: Punjab Agricultural College (B.Sc. - Panjab University, Lahore, Pakistan), Leeds University (M.Sc. - Leeds, UK), University Marie Curie-Sklodowska (M.Sc. - Lublin, Poland), Universite Marie Curie-Sklodowska (Ph.D. - Lublin, Poland).
Geographic focus of research: Northeastern Ontario, Monaco, France, Bosnia.

Brief synopsis of current research:
Allometric growth, and reproduction in freshwater crayfish species in industrially-stressed reservoirs and streams. The emphasis is on the physiological effects of Class-B metals and organic industrial effluents on exoskeleton, relative growth of various organs, femininization of the male and the fecundity of the female.

Mailing address:
Laurentian University (Department of Biology), Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON, P3E 2C6
Tel: (705) 675-1151, ext: 2277; Fax: (705)675-4859
E-mail: OR

Recent Publications:

Daveikis, V.F. and Alikhan, M.A. 1996. Comparative body measurements, fecundity, oxygen uptake, and ammonia excretion in Cambarus robustus (Astacidae, Crustacea) from an acidic and a neutral site in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Can. J. Zool. 74: 1196-1203.

Alikhan, M.A. 1996. 226Ra concentrations in crayfish tissues, water and sediments from the Serpent River Basin in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. In: Proceedings of International Cymposium on Ionising Radiation Stockholm, May 20-24, 1996 (Edited by: B. Amiro, R. Avadhanula, G. Johansson, C.-M. Larsson and Maria Luning). Akademitryck, AB, Edsbruk, Sweden. Vol. 1:201-206.

Taylor, R., G.D. Watson, and M.A. Alikhan. 1995. Comparative sub-lethal and lethal acute toxicity of copper to the freshwater crayfish (Cambarus robustus)(Cambaridae, Decapoda, Crustacea) from an acidic metal-contaminated lake and a circumneutral uncontaminated stream. Water Res. 29: 401-408.

Alikhan, M.A. 1995. Comparative study of metal bioaccumulation, and oxygen and nitrogen metabolism in three terrestrial isopod species from contaminated and uncontaminated sites in Northeastern Ontario. In: Terrestrial Isopod Biology (Edited by M.A. Alikhan). A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. pp. 1-13.

Canada, a country rich in natural freshwater reservoirs and the marine environment, offers excellent career opportunities to aquatic toxicologists. For decades, this country was dependent on its mining industry (it is still a world leader in mining technology) and with few regulations to control the release of mine effluents, a greater part of our water resources (including the Great Lakes) became depositories of mine wastes. Canada now needs young scientists to aid in the recovery of these precious resources.