Adjunct Professor, McMaster University, School of Geography and Earth Science since 1998

Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario, Department of Biology since 2001

Member: Canadian Geophysical Union, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi


Senior Research Associate (USNRC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Athens, GA - 1995

BA (Chemistry) Northeastern University, Boston, MA - 1971

MS (Ocean Science) & PhD (Geochemistry) University of Michigan, 1976, 1979


Rick Bourbonniere

Research Scientist - Study Leader, Impact of Land-Use & Disturbances on Water (Biogeochemistry)


Contributing to improved understanding of land-use change and other human disturbances on aquatic, wetland and riparian ecosystems

  • Cycling of carbon and nitrogen in aquatic and wetland ecosystems and their role in the sequestration of atmospheric carbon.
  • Influence of agricultural practices on greenhouse gas exchange at adjacent wetlands and riparian zones
  • Carbon, nitrogen and greenhouse gas dynamics in forested wetlands
  • Interactions among carbon and metal cycles, microbial ecology, human impacts and climate change effects on the Lake Erie ecosystem
  • Dissolved organic matter, its role in aquatic and wetland ecosystems, and modification by microbial and photochemical processes


Organized conference sessions on dissolved organic matter at ASLO Feb, 2007 and AGU Dec, 2005

Supervised, co-supervised or served on advisory committee for many graduate and undergraduate students including: 2 Ph.D., 6 M.Sc. and 8 B.Sc. theses over the past five years

Member, Program on Energy Research and Development (PERD) steering committee for Enhanced Greenhouse Gas Sinks, 1999-2007 and Prairie Carbon Research Group, 1999 - present

Member, Boreal Ecosystem Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Science Team, 1993-1997 and Peatland Ecology Research Group, 2000 - 2006


Waddington, J.M., K. Tóth and R. Bourbonniere. (2007). Dissolved Organic Carbon Export from a Cutover and Restored Peatland. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6818.

Bourbonniere, R.A. and I.F. Creed. (2006). Biodegradability of dissolved organic matter extracted from a chronosequence of forest-floor materials. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 169:101-107. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.200521721

Wilhelm, S.W., G.S. Bullerjahn, M.L. Eldridge, J.M. Rinta-Kanto, L. Poorvin and R.A. Bourbonniere. (2006). Seasonal hypoxia and the genetic diversity of prokaryote populations in the central basin hypolimnion of Lake Erie: Evidence for abundant cyanobacteria and photosynthesis. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 32:657-671.

Euliss, N.H. Jr., R. A. Gleason, A. Olness, R. L. McDougal, H. R. Murkin, R. D. Robarts, R. A. Bourbonniere, B. G. Warner. (2006). North American prairie wetlands are important nonforested land-based carbon storage sites. Science of the Total Environment.361:179-188.

Twiss, M.R., S.P. Gouvêa, R.A. Bourbonniere, R.M.L. McKay and S.W.Wilhelm. (2005). Field investigations of trace metal effects on Lake Erie phytoplankton productivity. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 31(Suppl. 2):168-179.

Bourbonniere, R.A., W.L. Miller and R.G. Zepp. (1997). Distribution, flux and photochemical production of carbon monoxide in a boreal beaver impoundment. Journal of Geophysical Research. 102(D24):29,321-29,329.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Climate Change and Processes
          Carbon sequestration
          Greenhouse gases
     Aquatic Ecosystems
Nature & Wildlife
     Ecosystems & Habitats