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Astrid Schwalb, Ph.D.

Astrid Schwalb

Astrid Schwalb, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Ph.D., 2010, University of Guelph
M.S., 2004, University of Potsdam (Germany)
B.S., 2001, University of Konstanz (Germany)



Aquatic Biology (BIO 3460)
Stream Ecology (BIO 7419)

Research Interests

I am interested in both basic and applied research in stream ecology. My lab seeks to understand how ecological processes like dispersal function and how they affect the structure and health of populations and communities in rivers. I am also interested in the impact of invasive species and human activities on stream ecosystems. In my lab, we use a variety of methods ranging from experiments in the lab and the field to modeling and statistical analysis. Much of my research has focused on freshwater mussels, many of which are endangered. Research on their dispersal and  distribution will help to inform species conservation and management.

Selected Publications

Schwalb, A. N., T.J. Morris, and K. Cottenie. 2015. Dispersal abilities of riverine freshwater mussels influence metacommunity structure. Freshwater Biology 60: 911-921.

Schwalb, A.N., A.C. Alexander, A.J. Paul, K. Cottenie, and J.B. Rasmussen 2015. Changes in migratory fish communities and their health, hydrology, and water chemistry in rivers of the Athabasca oil sands region: A review of historical and current data. Environmental Reviews 23:1-18.

Schwalb, A.N., D. Bouffard, L. Boegman, L. Leon, J. G. Winter, L. Molot, and R.E.H. 2015. 3D modeling of dreissenid mussel impacts on phytoplankton in a large lake supports the nearshore shunt hypothesis and the importance of wind-driven hydrodynamics. Aquatic Sciences 77:95-114.

Schwalb, A.N., T.J. Morris, N.E. Mandrak, and K. Cottenie. 2013. Distribution of unionid freshwater mussels depends on the distribution of host fish on a regional scale. Diversity and Distributions 19: 446-454.

Schwalb, A.N., D. Bouffard, T. Ozersky, L. Boegman, and R.E.H. Smith. 2013. Impacts of hydrodynamics and benthic communities on phytoplankton distributions in a large, dreissenid-colonized lake (Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada). Inland Waters 3: 269-284.

Schwalb, A.N., T.J. Morris, and J.D. Ackerman. 2012. The effect of settling velocity on the transport of mussel larvae in a cobble-bed river: Water column and near-bed turbulence. Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments 2: 28-40.

Schwalb, A.N., and J.D. Ackerman. 2011. Settling velocities of juvenile Lampsilini mussels (Mollusca: Unionidae): The influence of behavior. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30:702-709.

Schwalb, A.N., M.S. Poos, K. Cottenie, and J.D. Ackerman. 2011. Dispersal limitation of unionid mussels and implications for their conservation. Freshwater Biology 56:1509-1518.

Schwalb, A.N., M. Garvie, and J.D. Ackerman. 2010. Dispersion of freshwater mussel larvae in a lowland river. Limnology and Oceanography 55:628-638.

Poos, M.S., A.J. Dextrase, A.N. Schwalb, and J.D. Ackerman. 2010. Secondary invasion of the round goby into high diversity Great Lakes tributaries and species at risk hotspots: potential new concerns for endangered freshwater species. Biological Invasions 12:1269-1284. 

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