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Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology, York University

Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science, Ryerson University

Adjunct Associate Professor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship

Max Planck Society Visiting Fellowship

B.Sc. Hons., Concordia University; M.Sc., Ph.D. University of Toronto


Michael T. Arts

Research Scientist - Study Leader, Biochemical Indices of Ecosystem Health

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s Mandate to Ensure that Aquatic Ecosystems are Conserved and Protected

  • Environmental Chemistry of Essential Nutrients in Aquatic Organisms
  • Biochemically-Based Indicators of Nutrition / Health in Aquatic Organisms
  • Identifying Threats to the Production and Transfer or Essential Nutrients in Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Effects of UV Radiation on Physiological Processes in Aquatic Organisms
  • Effects of Enhanced Water Temperature on Physiological Processes in Aquatic Organisms


Conference Workshop and session organization, e.g. "Essential Functions of Lipids and Fatty Acids in Aquatic Ecosystems" at the Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) meeting, St. John's Newfoundland (2008).

Research grant and journal paper reviews and journal editorial board memebrships, e.g., Chair and panel member on NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) committees, reviewer of NSERC Strategic and Operating, NSF grants, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission/Trust grants.

Supervisor of the theses of 2 MSc students (York University, Ryerson University), committee member on 2 PhD theses (York University, Purdue University).


Arts, M.T., M.T. Brett and M.J. Kainz (eds.).  2009. Lipids in Aquatic Ecosystems.  Springer, New York, USA. 377 pgs.

Arts M.T. and C. C. Kohler.  2009. Health and condition in fish: the influence of lipids on membrane competency and immune response.  Chapter 10. In, Arts M.T., Kainz M. and M.T. Brett (eds).  Lipids in Aquatic Ecosystems. pp. 237-255..

Gladyshev M., M.T. Arts and N.N. Sushchik. 2009. Preliminary estimates of the export of omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids (EPA+DHA) from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems. Chapter 8. In, Arts M.T., Kainz M. and M.T. Brett (eds).  Lipids in Aquatic Ecosystems.  pp. 179-209.

Hebert, C.E., D.V.C. Weseloh, A. Idrissi, M.T. Arts, R. O’Gorman, O.T. Gorman, B. Locke, C.P. Madenjian and E.F. Roseman. 2008. Restoring piscivorous fish populations in the Laurentian Great Lakes causes seabird dietary change.  Ecology. 89(4):891-897.

Schlechtriem, C., M.T. Arts and O.E. Johannsson.  2008.  Effect of long-term fasting on the use of fatty acids as trophic markers in the opossum shrimp Mysis relicta - a laboratory studyJournal of Great Lakes Research. 34:143-152.

Hebert C.E., M.T. Arts 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., M.T. Arts and V. Šustr. 2006. Food chain effects of sublethal ultraviolet radiation on subarctic Daphnia pulex – a field and laboratory study. Archives of Hydrobiology. 167(1-4):515-531.

Frenette J.-J., M.T. Arts, J. Morin, D. Gratton 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., M.T. Arts 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.

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.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
          Vulnerability thresholds
          Lipids and fatty acids
     Aquatic Ecosystems
Nature & Wildlife
          Climate change impacts
     Ecosystems & Habitats
          Ecosystem health
          Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
          Invasive species
     Effects of Toxics
          Food web transfer
          Lipids and fatty acids
          Alien invasive species
          Aquatic organisms
          Inland waters
          Aquatic organisms
          Benthic macroinvertebrates
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