Adam Yates

Adam Yates
Associate Professor
Location: B1 377E
Phone: 519-888-4567 x45640


Professor Yates is an aquatic ecologist whose research blends aquatic and landscape sciences to generate the knowledge and tools to help solve critical issues threatening the health and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems.

He leads the StrEAMS Lab (Stream Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring Sciences) lab, which is home to a diverse group of post-docs, technicians as well as graduate and undergraduate students who work together with government and non-government agencies to enhance society’s ecological knowledge of river and stream ecosystems and ensure these critical ecosystems are sustainably managed.

Professor Yates leads research in the StrEAMS Lab that integrates methods and theory from the fields of landscape and aquatic ecology to study the connections between landscape patterns and processes and the ecology of stream ecosystems.

Primary research goals include:
- understand the limits and controls of ecological communities and processes in stream ecosystems in landscapes dominated by human activities
- apply ecological knowledge to generate tools used by government and non-government agencies to conduct effective aquatic monitoring and assessments that enable informed and effective management decisions

Research Interests

  • Spatial ecology of stream communities and processes
  • Response of stream communities and processes to human activities
  • Assessment and monitoring of stream ecosystems
  • Threats to Aquatic Ecosystems and their Interaction
  • Contamination & Remediation: Water, Soil, Air
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Managing the Risk of Human Activity in Aquatic Ecosystem


  • 2008 Ph.D. Biology with Environment and Sustainability, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • 2004 M.Sc. Zoology, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • 2002 B.Sc. Environmental Science, University of Guelph, Canada


  • BIOL 351 - Aquatic Ecology
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • BIOL 455 - Ecological Risk Assessment and Management
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023
  • BIOL 606 - Advanced Aquatic Ecology
    • Taught in 2022
  • WATER 601 - Integrated Water Management
    • Taught in 2024

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Selected/Recent Publications