Job Title: College Professor
Employer: Okanagan University College
Place of Birth: Cincinatti, Ohio, USA
Public School attended: Wyndmoor, PA
High School attended: Huron HS, MI
Further Education: University of Michigan (B.Sc.), University of Minnesota (M.Sc.), University of Manitoba (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, USA.
Brief synopsis of current research:
Exploring the effect of human activity on the natural dynamics of aquatic ecosystems.
My studies concentrate on the interactions between aquatic chemistry and aquatic biology. For the years 2000-2003, I am investigating the role of natural dissolved organic matter as it interacts with toxic metals and with planktonic microbes.
Department of Eath and Environmental Sciences, Okanagan University College, 3333 College Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Curtis, P.J. (1998) Climatic and hydrologic control of DOM concentration and quality in lakes. In. D.O.Hessen & L. Tranvic Aquatic Humic Substances: Ecology and Biogeochemistry. Ecological Studies 133. Springer, Berlin.
Schindler, D.W., P.J. Curtis, B.R. Parker, and M.P. Staintion. (1996). Concequences of climatic warming and lake acidification for Uvb penetration in North Americal boreal lakes. Nature 379:705-708.
Curtis, P.J. and H.E. Adams. (1995) Dissolved organic matter quantity and quality from freshwater and saline lakes in eastcentral Alberta (Canada). Biogeochemistry 30:59-76.
Curtis, P.J. and P.Walker (1994) Cadmium mobilization from a streambed in response to experimental acidification and neutralization. Water Res. Res. 30:3449-3454.
Harrison, S.E. and P.J. Curtis. 1992. Comparative accumulation efficiency of 109 Cadmium from natural food (Hyallela azteca) and artificial diet by rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 49:757-764.
I pursued a career in the aquatic sciences from the moment I found out it was possible. I am highly satisfied with my career choice. I foresee intersting times ahead for aquatic sciences and aquatic resource management, as society increasingly values aquatic resources in context with their aquatic ecosystems.