Gregor Fussmann

Academic title(s): 

Chair, Department of Biology 

Strathcona Chair in Zoology


Gregor Fussmann
Contact Information

Stewart Biology Building, Room N8/15

Email address: 
gregor.fussmann [at]
Research areas: 
Conservation, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
  • 1996  PhD, Max Planck Institute for Limnology
  • 1997  Postdoc, Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University
  • 2001  Assistant Professor, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 2004  Associate Professor, McGill University
  • 2016  Professor, McGill University
Areas of expertise: 

Community ecology, Evolutionary ecology, Aquatic ecology

Current research: 
  • Population and community dynamics
  • The interplay of ecological and evolutionary dynamics (eco-evolutionary dynamics)
  • Freshwater community response to global/climate change
  • Nutrient limitation in lakes - including CO2
  • Freshwater winter and under-ice ecology
  • Host-parasite dynamics

Approach: both theoretical and empirical (laboratory and field experiments with aquatic organisms)

Graduate supervision: 

MSc: Kaushar Kagzi, Allegra Pearce

PhD: Marie-Pier Hébert, Egor Katkov, Naíla Barbosa da Costa (U de Montréal)


BIOL 432 Limnology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Selected publications: 

V Fugère, MP Hébert, NB Costa, CCY Xu, RDH Barrett, BE Beisner, G Bell, GF Fussmann, BJ Shapiro, V Yargeau, A Gonzalez (2020) Community rescue in experimental phytoplankton communities facing severe herbicide pollution. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4, 578–588.

B Blasius, L Rudolf, G Weithoff, U Gaedke, GF Fussmann (2020) Long-term cyclic persistence in an experimental predator-prey system. Nature 577, 226-230.

E Katkov, E Low-Décarie, GF Fussmann (2020) Intra-annual variation in the response of phytoplankton to factorial manipulation of N, P and CO2 in a temperate mesotrophic lake. Freshwater Biology 65, 960-970.

CP Tadiri, ME Scott, GF Fussmann (2018) Microparasite dispersal in metapopulations: A boon or bane to the host population? Proceedings B 285, 20181519.

E Low-Décarie, GF Fussmann, G Bell (2014) Aquatic primary production in a high-CO2 world. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29, 223-232.

F Dargent, ME Scott, AP Hendry, GF Fussmann (2013) Experimental elimination of parasites in nature leads to the evolution of increased resistance in hosts. Proceedings B 280, 20132371.

C Kovach-Orr, GF Fussmann (2013) Evolutionary and plastic rescue in multitrophic model communities. Philosophical Transactions B 368, 20120084.

GF Fussmann, A Gonzalez (2013) Evolutionary rescue can maintain an oscillating community undergoing environmental change. Interface Focus 3, 20130036.

GF Fussmann, B Blasius (2005) Community response to enrichment is highly sensitive to model structure. Biology Letters 1, 9-12.

T Yoshida, LE Jones, SP Ellner, GF Fussmann, NG Hairston Jr. (2003) Rapid evolution drives ecological dynamics in a predator-prey system. Nature 424, 303-306.

GF Fussmann, SP Ellner, KW Shertzer, NG Hairston Jr. (2000) Crossing the Hopf bifurcation in a live predator-prey system. Science 290, 1358-1360.

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