Selected Publications and Peer Reviewed Reports

Marshall, C.C., Watkins, J.M., Connolly, J.K., Boynton, P.V., Schaefer, S.L., Currie, W.J.S., Rudstam, L.G. in-press. Patterns and drivers of seasonal succession and vertical distribution in the rotifer community of Lake Ontario in 2018. J. Great Lakes Res.

Bowen, K.L., Fitzpatrick, M.A., Munawar, M., Niblock, H.A., Rozon, R., Currie, W.J.S. 2023. A comparison of the vegetated nearshore to offshore regions of the Bay of Quinte using water characteristics and the composition of plankton and Dreissena. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3264: vii + 66p.

Currie, WJS and MA, Koops. 2023. Long-term biogeochemical monitoring in the Bay of Quinte: Four decades of ecological impacts. In [eds.] Minns, CK, M Munawar and MA Koops. Ecology of the Bay of Quinte: Health, management and global implications. Ecovision World Monograph. Michigan State Press.

Currie, W.J.S., Bowen, K.L., Niblock, H.A., Fitzpatrick, M.A., Rozon, R., Munawar, M., Cuddington, K.M.D., Ward, C. 2023. Final status assessment of BUI 13 phytoplankton and zooplankton populations for the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3261: vi + 114 p.

Currie, W.J.S., Bowen, K.L., Niblock, H.A., Fitzpatrick, M.A., Rozon, R., Munawar, M., Koops, M.A. 2023. Proposed Targets for Evaluation of the Bay of Quinte BUI 13 Degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations using a functional food web approach prepared September 2017. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3262: vi + 37 p.

Currie, W.J.S., Bowen, K.L., Niblock, H.A., Fitzpatrick, M.A., Rozon, R., Munawar, M., Koops, M.A. 2023. An Evaluation of the Bay of Quinte BUI 13 Degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations using a functional food web approach prepared September 2017. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3263: vi + 139 p.

Elmarsafy, M., Bowen, K.L., Fitzpatrick, M.A., Munawar, M., Niblock, H.A., Currie, W.J.S. 2023. Revised evaluation of Toronto Region BUI 13 degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations and analysis to support BUI 14 loss of fish and wildlife habitat. Report to the Toronto RAP. 91p

Fitzpatrick, M.A.J., Bowen, K.L., Niblock, H.A., Piczak, M., Munawar, M., Currie, W.J.S., 2023. Assessment of Beneficial Use Impairment #13, Degradation of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations, in the Canadian Waters of the Detroit River Area of Concern. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3532: viii + 60 p.

Aristone, C, Mehdi, H, Hamilton, J, Bowen, KL, Currie, WJS, Kidd, KA, S, Balshine. 2022. Impacts of wastewater treatment plants on benthic macroinvertebrate communities in summer and winter. Sci. Total Envi.:153224

Bowen, KL, Currie, WJS, Niblock, H, Ward, CL, Metcalfe, B, Cuddington, KMD, Johnson TB, and MA, Koops. 2022. Importance of long-term intensive monitoring programs for understanding multiple drivers influencing Lake Ontario zooplankton communities. J. Great Lakes Res. 48(3):717-733.

Bowen, K.L., H.A. Niblock, M.A. Fitzpatrick, M. Munawar, J.D. Midwood, and W.J.S. Currie. 2022. Progress report for survey of food web and water properties habitat for forage fishes during 2019-2021 within the Toronto Region Area of Concern. Report for the Toronto Region RAP. 25p.

Figary, S.E., Meyer, M.F., and W.J.S. Currie. 2022. Building a worldwide freshwater zooplankton dataset to synthesize patterns of zooplankton community structure and change. ASLO Bulletin 31(4):132-133.

Holda, T.J., Watkins, J.M., Scofield, A.E., Pothoven, S.A., Warner, D.M., O’Brien, T.P., Bowen, K.L., Currie, W.J.S., Jude, D.J., Boynton, P.V. and Rudstam, L.G., 2023. Intra-lake trends and inter-lake comparisons of Mysis diluviana life history variables and their relationships to food limitation. J. Great Lakes Res. 49(5):1179-1189.

Watkins, J.M., Rudstam, L.G., Karatayev, A.Y., Currie, W.J., Scofield, A.E. and Hollenhorst, T.P., 2022. Foreword: Stressors and successes, Lake Ontario CSMI intensive year 2018. J. Great Lakes Res. 48(2): 261-263.

Budgell, E.N., Blair, S., Currie, W.J.S., O’Connor, L.M., Pratt, T.C., Midwood, J.D. 2021. Removal of American Eel from Port Dalhousie – 2018 and 2019 Summary Report. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3412 v+21p.

Chaffin, JD, Bratton, JF, Verhamme, EM, Bair, HB, Beecher, AA, Binding, CE, Birbeck, JA, Bridgeman, TB, Chang, X, Crossman, J, Currie, WJS, Davis, TW, Dick, GJ, Drouillard, KG, Frenken, T, MacIsaac, H, McClure, A, McKay, RM, Reitz, LA, Stanislawczyk, K, Stumpf, RP, Swan, ZD, Synder, B, Westrick, JA, Xue, P, Yancey, CE, Zastepa, A, Zhou, X. 2021. The Lake Erie HABs Grab: A binational collaboration to characterize the western basin harmful algal blooms at an unprecedented high-resolution spatial scale. Harmful Algae: 102080

Bowen, KL, and WJS, Currie. 2021. Effect of the urbanized embayment Toronto Harbour on the composition and production of zooplankton. J. Gr. Lakes Res. 47(2)378-394.

Berges, JA, Gronquist, D, Engevold, P, Thorngate-Rein, N, Sandgren, C, Bowen, KL, WJS Currie. 2020. Immunochemical methods for identification of prey in freshwater zooplankton. Limnol. Oceanogr. Meth. 18(6): 221-234.

Rozon, RM,  Bowen, KL, Niblock, HA, Fitzpatrick, MAJ and WJS Currie. 2018. It goes with the flow: Size mediated plankton attenuation through the Niagara River connecting channel. J. Gr. Lakes Res. 44(6): 1327-1338

Bowen, KL, Conway, A, and WJS Currie. 2018. Could dreissenid veligers be the lost biomass of invaded lakes? Freshwater Science 37(2): 315-329.

Munawar, M., Fitzpatrick, MAJ. 2018. Eutrophication in three Canadian Areas of Concern: Phytoplankton and major nutrient interactions. Aquat. Ecosyst. Health Mgmt. 21(4):421-437.

Bowen, KL. 2017. Methods for the determination of zooplankton density, biomass and secondary production. Can. Manu. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3119: vii + 50p.

Bowen, KL and WJS Currie. 2017. Elevated zooplankton production in a eutrophic Lake Ontario embayment: Hamilton Harbour 2002–2014. Aquat. Ecosyst. Health Mgmt. 20(3):230-241.

Munawar, M., Fitzpatrick, M., Niblock., H., Kling, H., Rozon, R., Lorimer, J. 2017. Phytoplankton ecology of a culturally eutrophic embayment: Hamilton Harbour, Lake Ontario.

Rozon, R.M., K.L. Bowen, H.A. Niblock, M.A.J. Fitzpatrick and W.J.S. Currie. 2016. Assessment of the Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations in the Niagara River (Canada) Area of Concern in 2014. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3184: iv + 66p.

Cuddington, KM, ZT Hull, WJS Currie and MA Koops. 2015. Landmarking and strong Allee thresholds. Theoretical Ecology. 8(3):333-347.

Currie WJS, Bowen KL, Niblock HA and MA Koops. 2015. Compilation and evaluation of historical data and samples to support assessment of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations in Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3150: v + 152p.

Currie, W.J.S., Kim, J., Koops, M.A., Mandrak, N.E., O’Connor, L.M., Pratt, T.C., Timusk, E., Choy, M. 2015. Modelling spread and assessing movement of Grass Carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella, in the Great Lakes Basin. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2015/114. vi + 32 p.

Currie WJS and MM Frank. 2015. Multivariate analysis of the 40 year Project Quinte biogeochemistry dataset: water chemistry, physical characteristics, seston and climate. Can. Tech. Rep.Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3125:vi:+65p.

Cuddington, KM, WJS Currie and MA. Koops. 2013. Could an Asian carp population establish in the Great Lakes from a small introduction? Biological Invasions, 61(4) 903-917.

Currie WJS, KMD Cuddington, TJ Stewart, H Zhang and MA Koops. 2011. Modelling Spread, Establishment and Impact of Bighead and Silver Carps in the Great Lakes. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. RES2011/113.

Media and Interviews


CBC News interview. A massive wave submerged a California beach. Was it a rogue wave?

Napanee Beaver. Announcement of Expert Panel. Public invited to presentation on the state of the Bay of Quinte on Nov
28 at SPC.


All too clear. Documentary film. Interview.

NPR WBUR endless thread podcast. Interview on viral tweet posts. “Lazy Geoff” Endless Thread (

IJC Canada-US Achievements 2022.

Rochester Beacon interview.

New York’s Great Lake : CSMI Lake Ontario


Toronto Star interview. HABs-Grab.

CBC interview. HABs-Grab.

Manitoulin Expositor interview. Fish kills.


Video Series NY Seagrant CSMI: W.Currie Content and additional footage Contributor.

1. Why CSMI: A U.S. / Canadian Cooperative
Science and Monitoring Initiative for Lake Ontario

2. What Lies Beneath: The Base of Lake
Ontario’s Food Web

3. What’s Near The Top: Balancing Lake
Ontario Fisheries’ Predator-Prey Connections


Great Lakes Echo on Social Media.

Chronique Environnement. Invasive Carps.