Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Change of Freshwater Ecosystems
Research interests: Stream and lake ecology, global change, biogeochemistry
Professor Xenopoulos is conducting research on the effects of human activities on the biogeochemistry and function of aquatic ecosystems. Through new collaborative research projects, many involving students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, Prof. Xenopoulos will explore how carbon composition affects the health of aquatic ecosystems, including the amount of CO2 that is outgassed from the water. Her research looks at the pressures of climate change, floods, land use effects, nutrient pollution and other stressors on lakes and rivers with a particular focus on carbon.
“The CRC is a great opportunity for me to expand my program and to continue mentoring the next generation to follow in my footsteps. We still have so much work to do to protect waterbodies and their watersheds.”
Mentoring the next generation of researchers will be central to Prof. Xenopoulos’ CRC. In her 17 years as a Biology professor at Trent, she has trained dozens of undergraduate and graduate students and numerous post-doctoral fellows, most of whom are now active professionals in aquatic sciences – from consultants, to government scientists and academics.