Asit MazumderbackResearcher Profile

Dr. Asit Mazumder

Job Title: NSERC-Industry Research Chair
Employer: University of Victoria
Further Education: University of Chittagong, Bangladesh (B.Sc. - 1978, M.Sc. - 1980), Brock University (M.Sc. - 1983), University of Waterloo (Ph.D. - 1989)
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Florida, Alaska, Cumana (Venezuela)

Brief synopsis of current research:
My area of research is nutrient-foodweb interactions in lake, reservoir, stream and coastal ecosystems. I concentrate on the implications of physical-chemical-biological interactions for water quality, ecological processes, production and nutritional ecology of Pacific and Atlantic salmon, plant biodiversity and contaminant transfer along foodwebs. The most recent research program is the NSERC-Industry Chair Program in Environmental Management of Drinking Water, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystems and watersheds supplying drinking water.

Mailing address:
NSERC-Industry Research Chair, Department of Biology, University of Victoria, PO Box 3020; Stn. CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3N5 Canada
Phone: (250)472-4789; Fax: (250)721-7120

Recent Publications:

Proulx, M. and A. Mazumder. 1998. Grazer reversal of plant species richness under contrasting nutrient richness. Ecology (concepts article) 79: 2581-2592.

Mazumder, A. and D. R. S. Lean. 1994. Consumer-dependent responses of lake ecosystems to nutrient loading. Journal of Plankton Research 11: 1567-1580.

Mazumder, A. 1994. Phosphorus-chlorophyll relationships under contrasting herbivory and thermal stratification: Patterns and Predictions. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 51: 390-400.

Mazumder, A. 1990. Ripple Effects: How lake dwellers control the temperature and clarity of their habitat. The Sciences (The New York Academy of Sciences) 30(6): 38-42.

Mazumder, A., W.D. Taylor, and D.J. McQueen, and D.R.S. Lean. 1990. Effects of fish and plankton on lake temperature and mixing depth. Science 247: 312-315.

Since grade 9, I wanted to be a biologist to work with aquatic animals and plants. As I finished my university, I decided to come to Canada to conduct research in aquatic ecology because Canada has the world's largest source of freshwater. Freshwater is the most precious natural resource and life could not exist without it. Aquatic ecologists must realize that their research is directly linked to the everyday quality of our life and living. I enjoy my work as an aquatic ecologist because I feel that I contribute significantly to my society and country by providing knowledge and understanding of the freshwater ecosystems and watersheds that are vital to the health and quality of own environment. I think our students should feel great pride in being a aquatic ecologist or biologist. However, most often we do not do a good job in conveying our science to the society.