Researcher Profile

Lynda D. Corkum

Job Title: Professor
Employer: University of Windsor
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Humber Valley Village Public School (Etobicoke)
High School attended: North Park Collegiate (Brantford)
Further Education: Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa)(B.Sc., M.Sc.), University of Toronto (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, USA, New Zealand.

Brief synopsis of current research:
My long-term objective is to quantify responses of animals to environmental change and biotic interactions that ultimately determine their survival, development, and reproductive potential. The burrowing mayfly, Hexagenia, exhibits extreme plasticity in development that can be adaptive in habitats, which temporarily lack oxygen or are too cold for egg hatching or growth. I study tradeoffs in benefits between early emergence and extended growth. I quantify components of the life cycle of Hexagenia in Lake Erie, which has important implications in the transfer of energy from sediments to other components of the food web. My students and I also study the ecology of the exotic fish, the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) with respect to habitat preference, reproductive behaviour, competitive interactions between species, and food web dynamics.