Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario
We study round goby populations within and around Hamilton Harbour, a 2150 hecter embayment on the western tip of Lake Ontario. Hamilton Harbour has been designated as an Area of Concern by the International Joint Commission (IJC 1999) because the intense urban run-off and industrial pollution has led to extremely high contaminant loadings in both the sediments and water. Our laboratory has been exploring how round goby movement, social behaviour, aggression, predator avoidance, learning and memory might be influenced by habitat contamination.
Here are a few representative papers to highlight our field work in Hamilton Harbour:
Young, J.A.M., Marentette, J.R., Gross, C., McDonald, J.I., Verma, A., Marsh-Rollo, S.E., Macdonald, P.D.M., Earn, D.J.D., & Balshine, S. 2010. "Demography and substrate affinity of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus in Hamilton Harbour". Journal of Great Lakes Research, 36, 115-122