Véronique P. Hiriart-Baer

Current research and/or projects

Conducting research on nutrient dynamics, algal ecological response and ecosystem variability for the rehabitilation and conservation of water quality

  • Nutrient dynamics: understanding their sources and sinks in aquatic ecosystems using stable isotopes and spectrofluorometry
  • Algal ecology and physiology: understanding the response of the algal community to dynamic environmental conditions
  • Ecosystem spatial and temporal variability: understanding the response of aquatic ecosystems to remediation activities

Professional activities / interests

Program Chair, Canadian Assocaiation for Water Quality Central Symposium of Water Quality Research

Peer-review of research grants and scientific journals

Scientific lead for Environment Canada Aquatic Ecosystem Management Research Lake Simcoe research initiative

Education and awards

Ph.D. UV effects on primary production in Lake Erie, University of Waterloo, 2000

M.Sc. Contamination of Arctic charr in the eastern canadian arctic, Université du Québec à Rimouski, 1996

B.Sc. Marine Biology, McGill University

Key publications

Hiriart-Baer, V.P., T.J. Arciszewski, S.Y. Malkin, S.J. Guildford and R.E. Hecky. 2008. Use of pulse amplitude modulated fluorescence to assess the physiological status of Cladophora sp. along a gradient of water quality. Journal of Phycology. 44(6):(in press).

Hiriart-Baer, V.P., N. Diep and R.E.H. Smith. 2008. Dissolved organic matter in the Great Lakes: Role and nature of allochthonous material. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 34:383-394.

Higgins, S.N., S.Y. Malkin, E.T. Howell, S.J. Guildford, L. Campbell, V.P. Hiriart-Baer and R.E. Hecky. 2008. An Ecological Review of Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta) in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Journal of Phycology. 44(4):839-854.

Hiriart-Baer, V.P. and R.E.H. Smith. 2005. The effect of ultraviolet radiation on freshwater planktonic primary production: The role of recovery and mixing processes. Limnology and Oceanography. 50(5):1352-1361.

Smith, R.E.H., V.P. Hiriart-Baer, S.N. Higgins, S.J. Guildford and M.N. Charlton. 2005. Planktonic primary production in the offshore waters of dreissenid-infested Lake Erie in 1997. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 31(sup.2):50-62.

Hiriart-Baer, V.P. and R.E.H. Smith. 2004. Models for UVR-dependent photoinhibition of Lake Erie phytoplankton. Limnology and Oceanography. 49(1):202-214.

Research facility

867 Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON L7S 1A1


Society of International Limnologist

Canadian Association on Water Quality