Researcher Profile

Jan J.H. Ciborowski

Job Title: Professor
Employer: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Public School attended: Kew Beach Public School, Fenside Drive Public School
High School attended: George S. Henry Secondary School
Further Education: University of Toronto (B.Sc., M.Sc.), University of Alberta (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, Alberta.

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research deals with the behaviour, ecology, and response to environmental stress of aquatic invertebrates that live in lakes, wetlands, and streams. Great lakes-based studies have included describing changes in mayfly and midge populations in Lake Erie, their value in environmental monitoring, and their interactions with the rest of the food web. I am an organizer of the Lake Erie Millennium Plan, a network of research scientists working together to understand the processes causing major changes in Lake Erie's ecosystem. I am studying the invertebrate communities of wetlands in northeast Alberta to develop indicators of environmental stress useful for evaluating succession in reclaimed habitats, such as those created following oil sands mining. Recent stream studies in the foothills of western Alberta have dealt with group formation and filter feeding among black fly larvae and their use of dissolved organic matter as a food source.