Harvey Bootsma

Associate Professor
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
Bootsma, H.A., M.D. Rowe, C.N. Brooks, and H.A. Vanderploeg. In press. Commentary: The need for model development related to Cladophora and nutrient management in Lake Michigan. J. Great Lakes Res.

Turschak, B.A., D. Bunnell, S. Czesny, T.O. Höök, J. Janssen, D. Warner, and H.A. Bootsma. 2014. Nearshore energy subsidies support Lake Michigan fishes and invertebrates following major changes in food web structure. Ecology 95(5): 1243-1252.

Bootsma, H.A., and Q. Liao. 2014. Nutrient cycling by dreissenid mussels: Controlling factors and ecosystem response. Pages 555-574 In: T.F. Nalepa and D.W. Schloesser (eds.), Quagga and zebra mussels: biology, impacts and control (2nd ed.). Taylor and Francis.

Wang, B., Liao, Q., Xiao, J., & Bootsma, H. A. 2013. A Free-Floating PIV System: Measurements of Small-Scale Turbulence under the Wind Wave Surface. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 30:1494-1510.

Jamu, D., N.L. Andrew, H.A. Bootsma, and R.E. Hecky. 2011. Editorial: Reconciling livelihoods and aquatic ecosystem resilience in the lakes of Malawi. J. Great Lakes Res. 37:1-2.

Ngochera, M.J., and H.A. Bootsma. 2011. Temporal trends of phytoplankton and zooplankton stable isotope composition in tropical Lake Malawi. J. Great Lakes Res. 37:45-53.

Tomlinson, L.M., M.T. Auer, H.A. Bootsma, and E.M. Owens. 2010. The Great Lakes Cladophora model: Development, testing, and application to Lake Michigan. J. Great Lakes Res. 36:287-297.

Liao, Q., H.A. Bootsma, J.Xiao, J.V. Klump, A. Hume, M.L. Herman, P. Berg. 2009. Development of an in situ underwater particle image velocimetry (UWPIV) system. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods.: 7:169-184.

Aldstadt, J.H., H.A. Bootsma, and J.L. Ammerman.  2009. Chemical properties of water.  In, G.E. Likens (ed.), Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. Vol. 3, pp. 139-147. Oxford: Elsevier.

Hecky, R.E., H.A. Bootsma, and E.O.  Odada. 2006. African lake management initiatives: the global connection.  Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 11(4): 203-213.

Bootsma, H.A., and R.E. Hecky. 2003. A comparative introduction to the biology and limnology of the African Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research 29 (Suppl. 2):3-18.

Tropical limnology, nutrient cycling, food webs, carbon dynamics