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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
March 27, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Jason Venkiteswaran

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4968

Office Location: Arts 3E4

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Academic Background

PhD, University of Waterloo, 2009.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2014 , University of Waterloo.


Dr Venkiteswaran joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in July-2014. His research is currently focused on the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and related elements, and human- and climate-related disruptions of these cycles. For more than a decade, he has conducted whole-ecosystem research at the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area studying reservoir creation, ecosystem metabolism, and eutrophication. To study the fate of biogeochemical elements, he often integrates stable isotope measurements with process-based ecological models. He is a Co-founder of the Coalition to Save ELA.
Additional Information

Recent publications:

Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL, Taylor WD. 2015. Linking aquatic metabolism, gas exchange, and hypoxia to impacts along the 300-km Grand River, Canada. Freshwater Science 34(4): 1216-1232, doi: 10.1086/683241

Snider DM, Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL, Spoelstra J. 2015. From the Ground Up: Nitrous Oxide Sources are Constrained by Stable Isotope Values. PLoS One 10(3): e0118954, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118954

Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL, Wallin MB. 2014. Large Carbon Dioxide Fluxes From Headwater Boreal and Sub-Boreal Streams. PloS ONE 9(7): e101756, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101756

Venkiteswaran JJ, Rosamond MS, Schiff SL. 2014. Non-linear response of riverine N2O fluxes to oxygen and temperature. Environmental Science and Technology 48(3): 15661573, doi: 10.1021/es500069j

Thuss SJ, Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL. 2014. Modelling dissolved N2O isotopes in surface waters: Implications for N2O production pathways and atmospheric emissions. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90641, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090641

Molot LA, Watson SB, Creed IF, Trick CG, McCabe SK, Verschoor MJ, Sorichetti RJ, Powe C, Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL. 2014. A novel model for cyanobacteria bloom formation: The critical role of anoxia and ferrous iron. Freshwater Biology 59(6): 13231340, doi: 10.1111/fwb.12334

Chen G, Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL, Taylor WD. 2014. Inverse modeling of dissolved O2 and δ18O-DO to estimate aquatic metabolism, reaeration and respiration isotopic fractionation: effects of variable light regimes and input uncertainties. Aquatic Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00027-014-0337-8

Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL, St.Louis VL, Matthews CJD, Boudreau NM, Joyce EM, Beath KG, Bodaly RA. 2013. Processes affecting greenhouse gas production in experimental boreal reservoirs. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27(7): 567577, doi: 10.1002/gbc.20046

Snider DM, Venkiteswaran JJ, Schiff SL, Spoelstra J. 2013. A new mechanistic model of δ18O-N2O formation by denitrification. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 112(1): 102115, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2013.03.003