Dr. Donna Giberson is a freshwater ecologist who works in the Maritimes and Canadian Arctic. She conducts research on the life history, diversity, and habitat patterns of aquatic insects; the effects of natural and human-caused disturbance on streams; and works with local community groups on stream projects.
Dr. Donna J. Giberson
Department of Biology
University of Prince Edward Island
BSc:University of Calgary
MSc: University of Manitoba
PhD: University of Manitoba
I am a fresh water ecologist, with particular interest in aquatic insects. My current interests include the study of aquatic insect biodiversity in the maritimes and Canadian Arctic, life history responses to disturbance regime, salt marsh insects, pitcher plant-insect relationships, and general aquatic insect ecology.
I have taught courses in general biology, invertebrate zoology, entomology, limnology, field hydrology, environmental biology, population ecology, community ecology, ecology for non-majors, experimental design and analysis, and scientific writing
Currently, I teach Bio 132 (Introduction to Organisms), Bio 331 (Research Methods and Communications), Bio 462 (Watershed Ecology), and various special topics, honours and graduate courses.
Students in my lab work on diverse projects relating to general and aquatic entomology. Undergraduate research projects generally involve field collections and identification of insects from both terrestrial and stream habitats, both to answer questions about biodiversity and on land use effects on streams. Current graduate student projects include work in the Northwest Territories as well as here in the maritimes.
Click HERE for details on current and past student projects in my lab.
Recent projects have included studies of Canadian lady beetles and PEI bumblebees and dragonflies, as well as field studies in the Canadian Arctic and throughout the Maritimes.
Click HERE for details on current research projects in my lab.
Click HERE for a list of publications