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Chantal Vis

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (Dalhousie University), M.Sc. , Ph.D. (Université de Montreal)

Current Research

I am currently a marine/aquatic ecosystem specialist, in the Marine Conservation Division of the Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation Directorate, Parks Canada where I provide science advice on the management, research and restoration of aquatic and marine ecosystems within protected heritage areas across Canada (national marine conservation areas, national parks and national historic sites).  My main research interests involve understanding the responses of aquatic primary producers to natural or anthropogenic drivers.  The majority of my work has focused on the biogeochemistry of large river systems, where I have studied the effects of hydrological variations on carbon dynamics.  I have also worked on the effects of nutrient enrichment related to agriculture on aquatic plant communities and dissolved oxygen dynamics in streams within agricultural watersheds, including issues related to the proliferation of filamentous algae and cyanobacteria in rivers.  More recently, my research has focused on developing models on aquatic plant dynamics to guide restoration decisions within Great Lakes coastal wetlands.

Selected Publications

Vis C, A Cattaneo & C Hudon.  2008. Shift from chlorophytes to cyanobacteria in benthic macroalgae along a gradient of nitrate depletion.  Journal of Phycology 44: 38–44

Vis C, C Hudon, R Carignan & P Gagnon. 2007. Spatial analysis of production by macrophytes, phytoplankton and epiphyton in a large fluvial lake under different water-level conditions. Ecosystems 10: 293-310.

Vis C, C Hudon & R Carignan. 2006. Influence of the vertical structure of macrophyte stands on epiphyte community metabolism. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63: 1014–1026.

Vis C, C Hudon & R Carignan. 2003. An evaluation of approaches used to determine the distribution and biomass of emergent and submerged aquatic macrophytes over large spatial scales. Aquatic Botany 77: 187–201.

Carignan R, D Planas & C Vis. 2000. Planktonic production and respiration in oligotrophic Shield lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 45: 189–199.

Chambers, PA, C Vis , RB Brua, M Guy, JM Culp & GA Benoy.  2008. Eutrophication of agricultural streams: defining nutrient concentrations to protect ecological condition. Water Science & Technology 58: 2203-2209

Cattaneo, A., C. Hudon, C. Vis & P. Gagnon.  2013. Hydrological control of filamentous green algae in a large fluvial lake (Lake Saint-Pierre, St. Lawrence River, Canada.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 39:409-419.

Whitney, C.K., J. Gardner, N. Ban, C. Vis, S. Quon & S. Dionne.  2016.  Imprecise and weakly assessed: Evaluating voluntary measures for management of marine protected areas.  Journal of Marine Policy 69:92-101.