Michael T. Arts

MichaelArtsPhD (University of Toronto)
Adjunct Professor
E–mail: michael.arts@ryerson.ca
Research Areas: Ecology, Limnology, Physiology, Photobiology

Ongoing Studies/Activities:

  • Role of fatty acids in nutrition and health of aquatic organisms in lakes, wetlands, rivers and marine systems.
  • Investigate factors which affect food quality (e.g. fatty acids, ecologically meaningful classes of lipids) of invertebrate prey.
  • Effects of stressors (e.g., introduced species, climate change, regional contaminants) on the physiological competency of aquatic invertebrates in the Great Lakes.
  • Development of lipid-based indicators of environmental stress in the Great Lakes.
  • Effects of UV radiation on biota in ponds, lakes, rivers and marine systems.

Publications (Books)

Arts, M. T. and B. C. Wainman (eds.). 1999. Lipids in Freshwater Ecosystems. Springer-Verlag, New York. 319 pp.

Arts, M. T. 1997. Ecophysiology of lipids in pelagic crustacean zooplankton communities. In, K. E. Cooksey (ed.). Molecular Approaches to the Study of the Oceans. Chapter 16. Chapman and Hall Ltd., London U.K. pp. 329-341.

Publications (Journals)

Hebert C.E., Arts M.T. and D.V.C. Weseloh. 2006. Ecological tracers can quantify food web structure and change. Environmental Science and Technology. 40(18):5618-5623.

Zellmer, I.D., Arts M.T. and V. ?ustr. 2006. Food chain effects of sublethal ultraviolet radiation on subarctic Daphnia pulex - a field and laboratory study. Archives of Hydrobiology. 167:515-531.

Frenette J.-J., Arts M.T., Morin J., Gratton D. and C. Martin. 2006. Hydrodynamic control of the underwater light climate in fluvial Lac Saint-Pierre. Limnology and Oceanography. 51(6):2632-2645.

Schlechtriem C., Arts M.T. and I.D. Zellmer. 2006. Effect of temperature on the fatty acid composition and temporal trajectories of fatty acids in fasting Daphnia pulex (Crustacea, Cladocera). Lipids. 41(4): 397-400.

Kainz M., M.T. Arts and A. Mazumder. 2004. Essential fatty acids in the planktonic food web and their ecological role for higher trophic levels. Limnology and Oceanography. 49(5):1784-1793.

Molot L.A., W. Keller, P.R. Leavitt, R.D. Robarts, M.J. Waiser, M.T. Arts, T.A. Clair, R. Pienitz, N.D. Yan, D.K. McNicol, Y. Prairie, P.J. Dillon, M. Macrae, R. Bello and R.N. Nordin. 2004. Risk analysis of dissolved organic matter-mediated ultraviolet B exposure in Canadian inland waters. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 61:2511-2521.

Zellmer I.D., M.T. Arts, D. Abele and K. Humbeck. 2004. Evidence of sub-lethal damage in Daphnia (Cladocera) due to solar UV radiation in sub-Arctic ponds. Journal of Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research. Special issue. 36(3):370-377.

Huggins K., J.-J. Frenette and M.T. Arts. 2004. Nutritional quality of biofilms with respect to light regime in Lake Saint-Pierre (Qu?bec, Canada). Freshwater Biology. 49:945-959.

Tank S.E., D.W. Schindler and M.T. Arts. 2003. Direct and indirect effects of UV radiation on benthic communities: epilithic food quality and invertebrate growth in four diverse montane lakes. Oikos. 103:651-667.

Persaud A.D., M.T. Arts and N.D. Yan. 2003. Photoresponses of late instar Chaoborus punctipennis larvae. Aquatic Ecology. 37:257-265.

Frenette J.-J., M.T. Arts and J. Morin. 2003. Spectral gradients of downwelling light in a fluvial lake (Lake Saint-Pierre, St-Lawrence River). Aquatic Ecology. 37:77-85.

Arts, M. T., R. G. Ackman and B. J. Holub. 2001. "Essential fatty acids" in aquatic ecosystems: a crucial link between diet and human health and evolution Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. (by invitation). 100th anniversary issue. 58(1):122-137.

Arts, M. T., R. D. Robarts, F. Kasai, M. J. Waiser, V. P. Tumber, A. J. Plante, H. Rai and H. J. de Lange. 2000. The attenuation of ultraviolet radiation in high dissolved organic carbon waters of wetlands and lakes on the northern Great Plains. Limnology and Oceanography. 45(2):292-299.

Arts, M. T., R. D. Robarts, and M. S. Evans. 1997. Seasonal changes in particulate and dissolved lipids in a eutrophic prairie lake. Freshwater Biology. 38(3):525-538.

Arts, M. T., and M. S. Evans. 1991. Optical-digital measurement of energy reserves in calanoid copepods: inter-segmental distribution and seasonal patterns. Limnology and Oceanography 36(2):289-298.