backResearcher Profile

Gerald L. Mackie

Job Title: Professor
Employer: University of Guelph
Place of Birth: Nakina, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Nakina Public
High School attended: Capreol Highschool, Capreol; Hillcrest Hishschool, Thunderbay
Further Education: Laurentian University (B.Sc.), Ottawa University (M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, USA, Finland

Brief synopsis of current research:
Traits of rare and endangered species of Unionidae bivalves and recovery plans for re-establishing populations in the Sydenham River watershed.

Mailing address:
Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Phone: (519)824-4120 x3505; Fax: (519)767-1656

Recent Publications:

MACKIE, G. L. 1999. Chapter 9: Mollusc introductions through aquarium trade, pp. 135-150. Chapter 15: Ballast water introductions of Mollusca, pp. 255-272. Chapter: Introduction of molluscs through the import for live food. All three chapters In: Claudi, R. and J. Leach (eds.). Non- indigenous freshwater organisms: vectors, biology and impacts. Published by Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL.

CLAUDI, R., G. L. MACKIE. 1994. Practical manual for zebra mussel monitoring and control. 256 p., Lewis Publ., Boca Raton, FL.

MACKIE, G. L., D. W. SCHLOESSER. 1996. Comparative Biology of Zebra Mussels in Europe and North America: An Overview. Am. Zool. 36: 244-258.

METCALFE-SMITH, J. L., S. K. STATON, G. L. MACKIE, N. LANE. 1998. Changes in biodiversity of freshwater mussels in the Canadian waters of the lower Great Lakes drainage basin over the past century. J. Great Lakes Research. 24: 845-858.

STEPHENSON, M., G. MIERLE, R. REID, G. MACKIE. 1994. Effects of experimental and cultural acid-ification on littoral benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in Ontario. Can. J. Fish. Aq. Sci.: 51: 1147-1161.

Freshwater is a valuable and declining resource in the world. Canada has ~25% of the freshwater resource (mostly in the Great Lakes). We, as Canadians, can play a major role in finding ways to protect not only the freshwater resource but the organisms that live within it, especially species at risk. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people in the world; I work with (study) freshwater, I play with freshwater and I teach (the unique properties of) freshwater.