Professor, Aquatic Biology
Bailey Hall Room 219
• Marine Benthic Invertibrates
• Environmental/Conservation Biology
• Coastal Marine Systems
My main research interest is in understanding the link between individuals, populations and communities in coastal marine systems. I focus on marine benthic invertebrates. My research methods typically involve (i) intensive sampling to observe and quantify patterns, (ii) detailed and rigorous experiments in the laboratory or field to test hypothesized processes underlying observed patterns, and (iii) development of mathematical models to integrate the knowledge that we have accumulated and assess the relative importance of processes on population or community dynamics. I welcome the involvement of students with a keen interest in learning experimental and/or mathematical ecology.
• BIOL 2063 – Biological Diversity
• BIOL 5473 – Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biology & Forestry
• BIOL 4211 - Marine Research Experience
• BIOL 4641 – Coastal Marine Ecology
Virgin, SDS, KJ Lyons & MA Barbeau (In press) Microhabitat heterogeneity and population ecology of ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) near their northern range limit (Maritime Canada). Estuaries and Coasts.
Virgin, SDS, KA Sorochan, A Metaxas & MA Barbeau (2019) Effect of temperature on the larval biology of ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) and insights on their northern range limit. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 512:31–41.
Gerwing, TG, DJ Hamilton, MA Barbeau, K Haralampides & G Yamazaki (2017) Short-term response of a downstream marine system to the partial opening of a tidal-river causeway. Estuaries and Coasts 40(3):717-725, doi 10.1007/s12237-016-0173-2
Gharouni, A, MA Barbeau, J Chassé, L Wang & J Watmough (2017) Stochastic dispersal increases the rate of upstream spread: a case study with green crabs on the northwest Atlantic coast. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0185671
Virgin, SDS & MA Barbeau (2017) Gametogenesis and spawning of the ribbed mussel (Geukensia demissa) near the northern limit of its range (Maritime Canada). Estuaries and Coasts 40(4):1131-1141, doi 10.1007/s12237-016-0202-1