Cecilia Heuvel

M.Sc. Environmental Science
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

Research

My research interests lie in the trophic ecology and energy dynamics of fish within aquatic ecosystems. Currently, I am interested in how the spatial and temporal variation within food webs shapes interactions between species, and how this affects the overall shape of the food web over the course of a span of time (weeks, seasons, years, etc.) and throughout the spatial region of a lake ecosystem. I am also interested in how a species movement can affect its ecology and how this in turn can shape the ecosystem through spatial subsidies.

My PhD thesis is using stable isotopes and ecosystem modelling (thru EcoPath and EcoSim software) to map food web dynamics in a spatially and temporally variable environment (e.g. Lake Erie).

Background

2018-Present

PhD Environmental Science

University of Windsor (Windsor, ON, Canada)

Supervisors:  Aaron Fisk & Yingming Zhao

 

2016-2018

M.Sc. Environmental Science

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

University of Windsor (Windsor, ON Canada)

Supervisors: Aaron Fisk & Doug Haffner

 

2012-2015

B.Sc. Environental Research Science (Honours)

Department of Environmental Research Science and Studies

Trent University Peterborough, ON Canada)

Publications
  1. Heuvel CE, Haffner GD, Zhao Y, Colborne SF, Despenic A, Fisk AT. 2019. The influence of body size and season on the feeding ecology of three freshwater fishes with different diets in Lake Erie. J Great Lakes Res. 45(4):795–804. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2019.05.001.

Conference Presentations
  1. Heuvel C.E., Haffner G.D., Zhao Y-M, Colborne S.F., Fisk A.T. (2018) Resource partitioning across ontogeny and feeding strategy for three Lake Erie fishes. International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference (IAGLR 2018). 25-29 June.

  2. Heuvel C.E., Haffner G.D., Zhao Y-M, & Fisk A.T. (2017). March to the beat of your own drum: Ontogenetic variation in niche & diet in three Lake Erie fishes. International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference (IAGLR 2017). 15-19 May.

  3. Heuvel C. E., Fisk A. T., Zhao Y-M, & Haffner G.D. (2017). Ontogenetic trends in feeding ecology and trophic position of three Lake Erie fishes. Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR 2017). 5-8 January.