I received my PhD from the University of Calgary in 1982 and was an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary from 1984 to 1990. I also hold positions as a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (1990 to present), a research professor at the University of New Brunswick (2002 to present) and currently a visiting research professor at Laurier.
During this time, my research has focused on the impacts of multiple stressors on aquatic systems, including the combined effects of nutrients, sediments and chemical stressors on the taxonomic and trait composition of stream benthos. At Laurier, my research investigates benthic biodiversity and ecological function of Arctic rivers, primarily in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
My research focuses on the understanding of, and ability to detect and predict the impact of climate change on freshwater biodiversity and the ecological structure and function of Arctic rivers. My current projects in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut evaluate the role of permafrost slumping on aquatic biodiversity of rivers, how freshwater food web structure and function changes with latitude, as well as the development of novel biomonitoring approaches for Arctic freshwater ecosystems. This research is integrated with collaborators across the circumpolar Arctic through my co-lead activities for the Arctic Council’s, Circumpolar Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Group.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (for multiple stressor research on rivers)
Fellow and Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute
Research Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick
President, North American Benthological Society (now Society of Freshwater Sciences)
Editorial Board, Journal of the North American Benthological Society (now Freshwater Sciences)
I frequently recruit highly qualified students (MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows) in the field of freshwater ecology. I am particularly interested in students with an interest in northern research, a strong background in quantitative ecology and an interest in applying novel biomonitoring approaches in the Canadian Arctic.
Students supervision: Transboundary and High Arctic
Culp, JM., J Lento, RA Curry, E Luiker, D Halliwell. 2019. Arctic river biodiversity declines in response to latitudinal change in the abiotic template. Freshwater Science 38: 465-479.
Yates, AG, JM Culp, DG Armanini, DJ Baird, TD Jardine, JM Orlofske. 2019. Enhancing bioassessment approaches: Development of a river services assessment framework. Freshwater Science 38: 12-22.
Levenstein, B, JM Culp, J Lento. 2018. Sediment inputs from retrogressive thaw slumps drive algal biomass accumulation but not decomposition in Arctic streams, NWT. Freshwater Biol. 63:1300-1315.
Culp, JM, E Luiker, NE Glozier, M Meding, D Halliwell, FJ Wrona. 2017. Dissolved oxygen relationships of under-ice water column and pore water habitat: implications for environmental protection guidelines. River Research and Applications 33:461-468.
Culp, JM, AG Yates, DG Armanini, DJ Baird. 2017. Establishing cause-effect relationships in multistressor environments. pp 335-351. In: F.R.Hauer & G.A.Lamberti [eds.]. Methods in Stream Ecology. 3rd Edition. Elsevier Academic Press, Boston, USA.
Chin, K, J Lento, JM Culp, SV Kokelj. 2016. Thermokarst destabilization of ice-rich permafrost terrain drives shifts in stream ecosystems. Global Change Biology 22: 2715-2728.
Wrona, FJ, M Johansson, JM Culp, A Jenkins, JM Karlsson, IH Myers-Smith, TD Prowse, WF Vincent, PA Wookey. 2016. Transitions in Arctic Ecosystems: Ecological Implications of a Changing Freshwater System. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci. 121:650-674.
Buss, DF, Carlisle DM, Chon T-S, Culp JM, Harding JS, Keizer-Vlek HE, Robinson WA, Strachan S, Thirion C., Hughes R.M. 2015. Stream biomonitoring using macroinvertebrates around the globe: a comparison of large-scale programs. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187:1573-2959.
Lento, J, WA Monk, JM Culp, RA Curry, D Cote. 2013. Responses of Low Arctic Stream Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities to Environmental Drivers at Nested Spatial Scales. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 45: 538–55.
Culp, J M, J Lento, W Goedkoop, M Power, M Power, M Rautio, KS Christoffersen, G Guðbergsson, D Lau, P Liljaniemi, S Sandøy, M Svoboda. 2012. Developing a circumpolar monitoring framework for Arctic freshwater biodiversity. Biodiversity 13:215-227.
Culp, JM, DG Armanini, MJ Dunbar, JM Orlofske, NL Poff, AI Pollard, AG Yates, GC Hose. 2011. Incorporating traits in aquatic biomonitoring to enhance causal diagnosis and prediction. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 7:187-197.
Sutherland, AS, JM Culp, GA Benoy. 2010. Characterizing deposited sediment for stream habitat assessment. Limnology and Oceanography-Methods 8:30-44.
Crane, M, GA Burton, JM Culp, MS Greenberg, KR Munkittrick, R Ribeiro, MH. Salazar, SD St-Jean. 2007. Review of Aquatic In Situ Approaches for Stressor and Effect Diagnosis. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 3:234-245.
Prowse, TD, JM Culp. 2003. Ice breakup: a neglected factor in river ecology. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 30:128-144.