Researcher Profile

James S. Ballantyne

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: University of Guelph
Place of Birth: Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Spooner Memorial Public School
High School attended: Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute
Further Education: University of Guelph (B.Sc. - Zoology), University of Guelph (M.Sc. - Zoology), University of British Columbia (Ph.D. - Zoology).
Geographic focus of research: Nunavut, New Bruswick, Ontario, Australia.

Brief synopsis of current research:
Environmental adaptation of aquatic organisms. We study how aquatic animals (primarily fish and molluscs) are adapted to different environmental challenges such as temperature and salinity stress. Our Arctic work focuses on how fish such as Arctic char survive at low temperatures in seawater and freshwater lakes. We also work on the low temperature adaptation of the marine molluscs in the Arctic. Our studies in New Brunswick involve how sharks are adapted to seawater and how the local molluscs differ from their counterparts in the Arctic. Our work involves examining these animals at the biochemical levels, determining how their enzymes and membranes are modified to deal with the particular challenges they face.

Mailing address
Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada