Harvey Bootsma

School of Freshwater Science


I received a Bachelor's degree in marine biology from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. in limnology from the University of Manitoba, after which I conducted postdoctoral work at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Most of my research is on large lakes, including the Laurentian Great Lakes, the African Great Lakes, and lakes in South America.  Some of my specific interests include benthic carbon and nutrient dynamics, structure and function of aquatic food webs, and tropical limnology.  However, I am generally interested in the interactions among physical, chemical and biological processes at the whole ecosystem scale, and so my research tends to be collaborative and multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on how land use, climate, and species composition affect ecosystem structure and function.


PhD, Limnology, University of Manitoba, 1993
BSc, Marine Biology, University of Guelph, 1985

Research Interests

  • Tropical limnology
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Ecosystem scale carbon dynamics
  • Land-lake interaction
  • Aquatic food web dynamics
Recent and Selected Publications

Shen, C., Q. Liao, and H.A. Bootsma. 2020. Modelling the influence of invasive mussels on phosphorus cycling in Lake Michigan. Ecological Modelling 416:108920. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304380019304284?via%3Dihub

Bravo, H.R., H. Bootsma, and B. Khazaei. 2019. Fate of phosphorus from a point source in the Lake Michigan nearshore zone. In press. J. Great Lakes Res. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0380133019301686?via%3Dihub

Bootsma, H.A., and R.E. Hecky. 2019. Inputs, outputs, and internal cycling of phosphorus in tropical Lake Malawi. In, Steinman, A., and B. Spears (eds.), Internal phosphorus loading: Causes, case studies, and management. J. Ross Publishing, Plantation, FL, USA.

Turschak, B.A., S. Czesny, J.C. Doll, B.K. Grunert, T.O. Höök, J. Janssen, and H.A. Bootsma. 2019. Spatial variation in trophic structure of nearshore fishes in Lake Michigan as it relates to water clarity. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. In press.

Ngochera, M.J., and H.A. Bootsma. 2019. Spatial and temporal dynamics of pCO2 and CO2 flux in tropical Lake Malawi. Limnol. Oceanogr. In press. https://aslopubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lno.11408

Tyner, E.H., P. Jensen, M. Ngochera, and H.A. Bootsma. 2018. Escherichia coli (E. coli) distribution in the Lake Malawi nearshore zone. J. Great Lakes Res. 44(6):1281-1288. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2018.10.011.

Bootsma, H. 2018. Oceans, lakes and inland seas: A virtual issue on the large lakes of the world. Limnol. Oceanogr. Bull. 27(3):87-88. https://doi.org/10.1002/lob.10230

Ngochera, M.J., and H.A. Bootsma. 2018. Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus content of seston and zooplankton in tropical Lake Malawi: Implications for zooplankton nutrient cycling. Aquat. Ecosyst. Health Manag. 21(2):185-192.

Waples, J.T., H.A. Bootsma, and J.V. Klump. 2016. How are coastal benthos fed? Limnol. Oceanogr. Letters 2(1):18-28. doi: 10.1002/lol2.10033.

Troy, C., D. Cannon, Q. Liao, and H.A. Bootsma. 2016. Logarithmic velocity structure in the deep hypolimnetic waters of Lake Michigan. J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans. 121(1):949-965.

Tyner, E., H.A. Bootsma, and B. Moraska-Lafrancois. 2015. Dreissenid metabolism and ecosystem-scale effects as revealed by oxygen consumption. J. Great Lakes Res. 41 (Suppl. 3):27-37.

Turschak, B.A., and H.A. Bootsma. 2015. Lake Michigan trophic structure as revealed by C and N isotopes. J. Great Lakes Res. 41 (Suppl. 3):185-196.

Mosley, C.M., and H.A. Bootsma. 2015. Phosphorus cycling and grazing by profunda quagga mussels in Lake Michigan. J. Great Lakes Res. 41 (Suppl. 3):38-48.

Bootsma, H.A., M.D. Rowe, C.N. Brooks, and H.A. Vanderploeg. 2015. Commentary: The need for model development related to Cladophora and nutrient management in Lake Michigan. J. Great Lakes Res. 41 (Suppl. 3):7-15.

Tropical limnology, nutrient cycling, food webs, carbon dynamics