Ian WalkerbackResearcher Profile

Ian R. Walker

Job Title: College Professor
Employer: Okanagan University College
Place of Birth: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Public School attended: Harkins Elementary School, Newcastle, N.B.; Croft Elementary School, Newcastle, N.B; Harkins Junior High School, Newcastle, N.B.
High School attended: Miramichi Valley High School, Newcastle, N.B.
Further Education: Mount Allison University (B.Sc.), University of Waterloo (M.Sc.), Simon Fraser University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Switzerland

Brief synopsis of current research:
Quaternary palaeoecology, and the use of freshwater midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) as environmental indicators - especially their use as biomonitors of past climatic change, lakewater salinity, eutrophication, and pollutants. Relationship between distributions of aquatic organisms and their environment. Ontogeny of lake ecosystems in relation to internal processes, human impacts and climatic change.

Fossil Glyptotendipes
head capsule from British
Columbia lake sediments

Chironomid Home Page (www.ouc.bc.ca/eesc/iwalker/intpanis/)
Personal Home Page (www.ouc.bc.ca/eesc/iwalker/)
WWW Field Guide to Subfossil Midges (www.ouc.bc.ca/eesc/iwalker/wwwguide)

Recent Publications:

Levesque, A. J., L. C. Cwynar, and I. R. Walker, 1997. Exceptionally steep north-south gradients in lake temperatures during the last deglaciation. Nature 385: 423-426.

Walker, I. R., E. D. Reavie, S. Palmer, and R. N. Nordin, 1993. A palaeoenvironmental assessment of human impact on Wood Lake, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Quaternary International 20: 51-70.

Walker, I. R., 1993. Paleolimnological biomonitoring using freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. (invited review) pp. 306-343 in D. M. Rosenberg and V. H. Resh. Freshwater Biomonitoring and Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Routledge, Chapman and Hall, Inc.

Walker, I. R., J. P. Smol, D. R. Engstrom, and H. J. B. Birks, 1991. An assessment of Chironomidae as quantitative indicators of past climatic change. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 48: 975-987.

Walker, I. R. 1987. Chironomidae (Diptera) in paleoecology. Quaternary Science Reviews 6: 29-40.