State of Lake Ontario: Past, Present, and Future

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M. Munawar, Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society
Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, 2003 - Science - 664 pages
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The State of Lake Ontario is a giant step forward in the study of Lake Ontario’s fisheries and limnology. The sixty-three authors have contributed twenty-two papers on physical and chemical limnology, food-web linkages, fish community dynamics, contaminants, water birds, and impacts of nonindigenous species. As the “lake below the Falls,” Lake Ontario has long been impacted by invasive species. The historic invaders (sea lamprey, alewife, and white perch) were trouble enough, but recent invasions of dreissenid mussels, gobies, and crustaceans have further disrupted an unstable system. Contaminant burdens in fish and water birds have been a persistent problem. As the smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario has some of the biggest ecosystem health problems.

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Geologic setting sediment
Longterm seasonal and spatial trends in nutrients chlorophyll a
Assessing the microbial food web structure in Lake Ontario

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About the author (2003)

Dr. Mohiuddin Munawar received a Ph.D. is a research scientist at Great Lakes Laboratory for Aquatic Sciences, Fisheries & Oceans Canada. He has been actively involved in Great Lakes research for more than 30 years. Dr. Munawar has published more than 250 papers and given over 350 presentations at international conferences dealing with phycology, ecology, food-web dynamics, ecotoxicology, and ecosystem health. He has delivered several keynote, plenary and invited presentations. He has convened and chaired numerous international symposia, conferences and ecoforums. He has published two books on the Phytoplankton dynamics of the North American Great Lakes.

Dr. Munawar is the founder-president of the Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management Society-AEHMS and chief editor of its journal Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management-AEHM (published by Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia). He has edited more than 30 special issues of the AEHM on various current issues and themes.

Due to the need for holistic environmental books dealing with the "total ecosystem", the Ecovision World Monograph Series was initiated by Dr. Munawar. The series has already published more than 20 peer-reviewed books of global interest edited by him and other well known scientists.

Dr. Munawar has received several awards and distinctions such as the Chandler-Misner Award for best scientific paper, Canadian Public Service Commission Award, the prestigious Anderson-Everett Award for life time contribution to Great Lakes Science (by IAGLR), an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Faculty of Science, Göteborg University, Sweden, and recently has been conferred the Fellowship of the Academy of Science, Engineering & Technology (ASET), from India. In 2008, Dr. Munawar was also awarded the Assistant Deputy Minister's Distinction Award by the Department of Fisheries & Oceans in recognition of his excellence, leadership and scientific contributions.

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