Curriculum Vitae

Bruce D. LaZerte

Freshwater Research
3421 Hwy 117, R.R. #1
Baysville, ON
P0B 1A0 Canada


Citizenship: Canadian, American


  • Ph.D. Botany (1978), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • M.A. Statistics (1975), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • B.S. Botany (1972), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


  • 1996-Present Partner, Freshwater Research, Baysville, Ontario
  • 1994-2006 Conjunct Professor, Trent University, Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Program, Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1993-1996 Scientist, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Dorset Research Centre, Ontario
  • 1987-1993 Supervisor, Chemical Studies, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Dorset Research Centre, Ontario
  • 1985-1987 Chemical Coordinator, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Dorset Research Centre, Ontario
  • 1981-1985 Research scientist at Trent and Guelph Universities funded by Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Dorset Research Centre, Ontario
  • 1978-1981 Post-doctoral fellow and project manager of the Lake Memphremagog Project, Limnology Research Group, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972-1978 Teaching fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi.

Refereed book chapters

Nürnberg, G.K. and B.D. LaZerte. 2001. Predicting Water Quality, in C. Holdren, B. Jones and J. Taggert (eds.), Managing Lakes and Reservoirs, 3rd ed., North American Lake Management Society, Terrene Inst. and US-EPA (EPA 841-B-01-006), chapter 5, p. 139-163.

LaZerte, B.D., G. van Loon and B. Anderson. 1997. Aluminum in water, in R. Yokel and M.S. Golub (eds.), Research Issues in Aluminum Toxicity, Taylor and Francis, Washington D.C., USA, chapter 2, p.17-46.

LaZerte, B.D. 1989. Aluminum speciation and organic carbon in waters of central Ontario, in T.E. Lewis (ed.), Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Aluminum, Lewis Publ., Inc., Chelsea, MI, USA, chapter 11, p. 195-207.


Nürnberg, G.K. and B.D. LaZerte. 2016. Trophic state decrease after lanthanum-modified bentonite (Phoslock) application to a hyper-eutrophic polymictic urban lake frequented by Canada geese (_Branta canadensis)). Lake and Reservoir Management 32, 74-88. DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2015.1133739

–. 2016. More than 20 years of estimated internal phosphorus loading in polymictic, eutrophic Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba. J. Great Lakes Res. 42, 18-27. DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.11.003

Nürnberg, G.K., B.D. LaZerte, P.S. Loh and L.A. Molot. 2013. Quantification of internal phosphorus load in large, partially polymictic and mesotrophic Lake Simcoe, Ontario. J Great Lakes Res 39, 271-279.

Nürnberg, G.K. and B.D. LaZerte. 2004. Modeling the effect of development on internal phosphorus load in nutrient-poor lakes. Water Resources Research 40, W01105, doi:10.1029/2003WR002410.

–. 2003. An artificially induced Planktothrix rubescens surface bloom in a small kettle lake in southern Ontario compared to blooms world-wide. Lake and Reservoir Management 19 (4), 307-322.

LaZerte, B.D. and L. Scott. 1996. Soil water leachate from two forested catchments on the Precambrian Shield, Ontario. Can. J. For. Res. 26:1353-1365.

Peters, D.L., J.M. Buttle, C.H. Taylor and B.D. LaZerte. 1995. Runoff production in a forested, shallow soil, Canadian Shield basin. Water Resources Res. 31:1291-1304.

LaZerte, B.D. and J. Findeis. 1995. The relative importance of oxalate and pyrophosphate extractable aluminum to the acidic leaching of aluminum in podzol B horizons from the Precambrian Shield, Ontario, Canada. Can. J. Soil Sci. 75:43-54.

–. 1994. Acidic leaching of a podzol Bf horizon from the Precambrian Shield, Ontario, Canada. Can. J. Soil Sci. 74:321-333.

Kirchner, J.W, P.J. Dillon and B.D. LaZerte. 1993. Separating hydrological and geochemical influences on runoff acidification in spatially heterogeneous catchments. Water Resources Res. 29: 3903-3916.

–. 1993. Predictability of geochemical buffering and runoff acidification in spatially heterogeneous catchments. Water Resources Res. 29: 3891-3901.

LaZerte, B.D. 1993. The impact of drought and acidification on the chemical exports from a minerotrophic conifer swamp on the Precambrian Shield, Canada. Biogeochem. 18:153-175.

Kirchner, J.W., P.J. Dillon and B.D. LaZerte. 1992. Catchment geochemical buffering predictions tested with acid episodes. Nature 358: 478-482.

Dillon, P.J. and B.D. LaZerte. 1992. Response of Plastic Lake catchment, Ontario, to reduced sulphur deposition. Environ. Pollut. 77:211-217.

Wels, C., C.H. Taylor, R.J. Cornett and B.D. LaZerte. 1991. Streamflow generation in headwater basins on the Precambrian Shield. Hydrol. Processes 5: 185-199.

Wels, C., R.J. Cornett and B.D. LaZerte. 1991. Hydrograph separation using geochemical tracers. J. Hydrol. 122: 253-274.

–. 1990. Groundwater and wetland contributions to stream acidification: an isotopic analysis. Water Resources Res. 26: 2993-3003.

LaZerte, B.D. and K. Burling. 1990. Manganese speciation in dilute waters in the Precambrian shield, Canada. Water Res. 24: 1097-1101.

Molot, L.A., P.J. Dillon and B.D. LaZerte. 1989. Factors affecting alkalinity concentrations of streamwater during snowmelt in central Ontario. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 46: 1658-1666.

LaZerte, B.D., D. Evans and P. Grauds. 1989. The deposition and transport of trace metals in an acidified catchment of central Ontario. Sci. Tot. Envir. 87/88: 209-221.

Devito, K.J., P.J. Dillon and B.D. LaZerte. 1989. Phosphorus and nitrogen retention in five Precambrian Shield wetlands. Biogeochem. 8: 185-204.

LaZerte, B.D., C. Chun, D. Evans and F. Tomassini. 1988. Measurement of aqueous aluminum species: comparison of dialysis and ion exchange techniques. Environ. Sci. Technol. 22: 1106-1108.

Servos, M.R., D.F. Malley, G.L. Mackie and B.D. LaZerte. 1987. Lack of bioaccumulation of metals by Elliptio complanata (Bivalvia) during acidic snowmelt in three south-central Ontario streams. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 38: 762-768.

France, R.L. and B.D. LaZerte. 1987. Empirical hypothesis to explain the restricted distribution of Hyalella azteca (Amphipoda) in anthropogenically acidified lakes. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 44: 1112-1121.

Clark, K.L. and B.D. LaZerte. 1987. Intraspecific variation in hydrogen ion and aluminum toxicity in Bufo americanus and Ambystoma maculatum. Can. J. Fish and Aquat. Sci. 44: 1622-1628.

LaZerte, B.D. 1986. Metals and acidification: an overview. Wat. Air Soil Pollut. 31: 569-576.

Clark, K.H. and B.D. LaZerte. 1985. A laboratory study of the effects of aluminum and pH on amphibian eggs and tadpoles. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 42: 1544-1551.

LaZerte, B.D. and P.J. Dillon. 1984. The relative importance of anthropogenic versus natural sources of acidity in lakes and streams of central Ontario. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 41: 1664-1677.

LaZerte, B.D. 1984. Forms of aqueous aluminum in acidified catchments of central Ontario: a methodological analysis. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 41: 766-776.

–. 1983. Stable carbon isotope ratios: implications for the source of sediment carbon and for phytoplankton carbon assimilation in Lake Memphremagog, Quebec. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 40: 1658- 1666.

LaZerte, B.D. and J. Szalados. 1982. Stable carbon isotope ratio of submerged freshwater macrophytes. Limnol. Oceanogr. 27: 413-418.

LaZerte, B.D. 1981. The relationship between total dissolved carbon dioxide and its stable carbon isotope ratio in aquatic sediments. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 45: 647-656.

LaZerte, B.D. and S. Watson. 1981. The prediction of lacustrine phytoplankton diversity. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 38: 524-534.

LaZerte, B.D. 1980. The stationary phase of a natural population of Asterionella formosa (Bacillariophyceae) limited by silica. Arch. Hydrobiol. 90: 26-38.

–. 1980. The dominating higher order vertical modes of the internal seiche in a small lake. Limnol. Oceanogr. 25: 846-854.

Miscellaneous Publications

Nürnberg, G.K. and B.D. LaZerte. 2003/4. Ontario lakes: The importance of lake management. NALMS Lakeline 23 (4): 32-37.

LaZerte, B.D. 1994. Review of “Biogeochemistry of small catchments: A tool for environmental research.” Econ. Geol. 89:222-223.

–. 1993. Recent reductions in lead deposition and surface water concentrations in Central Ontario, Canada. Ninth Internat. Conf. on Heavy Metals in the Environment, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vol. 2:504-507.

LaZerte, B.D. 1991. Metal transport and retention: the role of dissolved organic carbon. Third Internat. Nordic Symp. on Humic Substances, Turku, Finland. Finnish Humus News 3:71-82.

Stokes, P.M., P.G.C. Campbell, W.H. Schroeder, C. Trick, R.L. France, K.J. Puckett, B.D. LaZerte, M. Speyer, J.E. Hanna and J. Donaldson. 1988. Manganese in the Canadian Environment. NRCC No. 26193. 177 p.

LaZerte, B.D. 1978. The phytoplankton diatom ecology, internal seiches and hypolimnetic turbulence of Frains Lake, Michigan. Ph.D. thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Numerous internal publications for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy.

See also Freshwater Research Reports.

Invited lectures, reviews of scientific programmes

  • Canadian National Toxicology Network, Metal Speciation Symposium. Collingwood, ON.
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Long-Term Ecosystem Research Program, Guelph, ON.
  • 3rd International Nordic Symposium on Humic Substances. Turku, Finland.
  • Canadian Forest Service, Research Laboratory, Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
  • Wetlands Science workshop, Canadian Centre for Inland Waters, Environ. Can., Burlington, ON.
  • Centre de recherche en geochimie isotopique et en geochronologie, Univ. du Quebec a Montreal. Invitee par Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide a la recherche, Ste. Foy, PQ.
  • Department of Chemistry, Queens University, Kingston, ON.
  • Environment Canada, Turkey Lakes acid rain research project, Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
  • Department of Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. USA.
  • Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, PQ.
  • Department of Geology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.