Researcher Profile

Michael Fox

Job Title: Associate Professor Environmental & Resource Studies Program and Dept. of Biology
Employer: Trent University
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Further Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), University of Calgary (M.E.Des - Environmental Science), Queen's University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, France

Brief synopsis of current research:
Much of my current research is focused on the application of life history theory to fish populations and fisheries/aquaculture problems. The primary objective of this work has been to explain the role of environmental and genetic factors in affecting the expression of reproductive life history traits (age at maturity, size at maturity, reproductive allocation) in fish populations. I also study the ecology and habitat utilization of early life stages of managed species; in particular, the walleye.

Mailing address:
Environmental & Resource Studies Program, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8

Recent Publications:

Mercer, J.L, M.G. Fox, and C.D. Metcalfe. 2000. Changes in benthos and three littoral zone fishes in a shallow, eutrophic Ontario lake following the invasion of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Lake and Reserv. Manage. (in press).

Bertschy, K.A., and M.G. Fox. 1999. The influence of age-specific survivorship on pumpkinseed sunfish life histories. Ecology 80: 2299-2313.

Reid, S.M., M.G. Fox, and T.H. Whillans. 1999. Influence of turbidity on piscivory in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Can. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci. 56: 1362-1369.

Fox, M.G., and A.J. Crivelli. 1998. Body size and reproductive allocation in a multiple spawning centrarchid. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 55: 737-748.

Draves, J.F., and M.G. Fox. 1998. Effects of a mine tailings spill on feeding and metal concentrations in yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Env. Tox. Chem. 17: 1626-1632.

As a youth, I always enjoyed finding and observing fish and aquatic invertebrates in streams and lakes. I also kept tropical fish as a hobby, and could watch them for hours. At university, I was very much influenced by an ecology course I took with Bob Rickleffs, and later by limnology and marine biology courses that included interesting field trips. Working in lakes is great; you don't have to fight the bugs like terrestrial ecologists do!