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December 22, 2014
 
 
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Ann Balasubramaniam



PhD Candidate

Biology, University of Waterloo

Assessing linkages among climate, hydrology and aquatic ecology for the development of biomonitoring protocols in the Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territory

My research is centered on integrating hydrological and limnological approaches to develop algal-based biomonitoring tools for northern freshwater ecosystems.  I explore relationships between hydrological classifications, water chemistry and algal communities in lakes of the Old Crow Flats (OCF), Yukon Territory.  My research is part of the International Polar Year Project, “Yeendoo Nanh Nakhweenjit K'atr'ahanahtyaa (Environmental change and traditional use of the Old Crow Flats in northern Canada)”, led by the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation of Old Crow to address their concerns about changes in water levels and wildlife patterns in the lakes and rivers of the OCF, which they fear pose a threat to their subsistence lifestyle.  Ultimately, findings will provide insight into how changes in lake water balances affects basic biological communities, which can be used to predict ecosystem-wide changes and to develop aquatic monitoring programs.