Current Research

NOTE: No graduate or post-doctoral positions are available in the lab.

The general theme of research in the Sprules lab is the structure and function of lake food webs. Research has been conducted on a wide range of organisms including algae, zooplankton and fish and has involved both laboratory and field experiments as well as field surveys. Current activities are focussed on the spatial structure of organisms and consequent effects on trophic interactions, and the theory and application of particle size theory. Recent projects have included the effects of wind on the spatial ecology of zooplankton in Lake Opeongo, Algonquin Park, Ontario, and the effects of patchy distributions of algae on the growth and survival of Daphnia.