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Jesse Vermaire

Assistant Professor - Cross Appointed: Environmental Science; Geography and Environmental Studies

Degrees:B.Sc. Honours (University of Guelph), M.Sc. (UNB), Ph.D. (McGill)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3898
Office:Herzberg Bldg room 4439

Research Interests:

I am interested in how environmental change, particularly land-use and climate change are impacting freshwater ecosystems. My research focuses on three broad areas: 1) impacts of climate warming and nutrient enrichment on lakes and streams, 2) ecosystem resilience, regime shifts, and recovery in freshwater systems and 3) the importance of extreme events (e.g. droughts, storm surges, permafrost slumps) in altering aquatic ecosystems. Because changes to the environment often occur over large areas and at timescales of decades or longer our lab employs a variety of techniques including lake survey studies, paleolimnological techniques, and the analysis of long-term datasets to meet our research objectives.


Aquatic ecology, limnology, paleolimnology, paleoecology, watershed conservation, ecosystem ecology, climate change, eutrophication


Upiter*, L.M., Vermaire, J.C., Patterson, R.T., Crann, C., Galloway, J.M., Macumber, A.L., Neville, L.A., Swindles, G.T., Falck, H., Roe, H.M., Pisaric, MFJ. A mid- to late Holocene chironomid-inferred temperature reconstruction for the eastern Northwest Territories, Canada. Submitted Sept. 2012 to Journal of Paleolimnology.

Vermaire, J.C., Greffard, M.-H., Saulnier-Talbot, E., and Gregory-Eaves, I. 2013 Loss of submerged macrophyte cover alters diatom and chironomid assemblages in a shallow lake ecosystem. Journal of Paleolimnology DOI: 10.1007/s10933-013-9737-3.

Vermaire, J.C., Pisaric, M.F.J., Thienpont, J.R., Courtney Mustaphi, C., Kokelj, S.V., Smol, J.P. 2013. Arctic climate warming and sea ice declines lead to increased storm surge activity. Geophysical Research Letters DOI: 10.1002/grl.50191

Velghe, K., Vermaire, J.C., Gregory-Eaves, I. 2012. Species richness declines across a trophic gradient: A paleolimnological perspective on the productivity-diversity relationship. Freshwater Biology 57: 2378–2389.

Irvine, F., Cwynar, L.C., and Vermaire, J.C. 2012. Chironomid-inferred temperature reconstructions and vegetation change over the last ~15,000 years from Trout Lake, northern Yukon Territory, eastern Beringia. Journal of Paleolimnology 48: 133-146.

Vermaire, J.C., Prairie, Y.T., and Gregory-Eaves, I. 2012. Diatom-inferred decline of macrophyte abundance in lakes of southern Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69: 511-524.

Vermaire, J.C., Prairie, Y.T., and Gregory-Eaves, I. 2011. The influence of submerged macrophytes on sedimentary diatom assemblages. Journal of Phycology 47: 1230-1240.

Albert*, M.R., Chen, G., MacDonald G.K., Vermaire J.C., Bennett E.M., and Gregory-Eaves I. (2010). Phosphorus and land-use changes are significant drivers of cladoceran community composition and diversity: an analysis over spatial and temporal scales. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 1262-1273.

Vermaire, J.C. and Cwynar, L.C. 2010. A revised Late-Quaternary vegetation history for the unglaciated southwestern Yukon Territory, Canada, from Antifreeze and Eikland Ponds. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47: 75-88.

Kurek, J., Cwynar, L.C., and Vermaire, J.C. 2009. A late Quaternary paleotemperature record from Hanging Lake, eastern Beringia. Quaternary Research 72: 246-257.

Brothers*, S., Vermaire, J.C., and Gregory-Eaves I. 2008. Empirical models for describing recent sedimentation rates in lakes distributed across broad spatial scales. Journal of Paleolimnology 40: 1003-1019.

Vermaire, J.C., and Gregory-Eaves, I. 2008. Reconstructing changes in macrophyte cover in lakes across the northeastern United States based on sedimentary diatom assemblages. Journal of Paleolimnology 39: 477-490.