Milla Rautio
Regular member
Department of Basic Sciences


Paola Ayala (Ph.D. student)

Jean-Simon Boulianne (Master student)

Mukund Gauthankar (Ph.D. student)

Marie-Pier Hébert (Postdoctoral fellow)

Thanuri Kasthuri Arachchige (Master student)

Henriikka Kivilä (Postdoctoral fellow)

Vilmantas Preskienis (Postdoctoral fellow)


Marie-Pier Hébert (Postdoctoral fellow)

Flora Mazoyer (Ph.D. student)

Thomas Pacoureau (Ph.D. student)

Loek Pascaud (Master student)

Recent Theses and Dissertations

Pénélope Blackburn-Desbiens (Master - 2022)
Hydrological connectivity as a framework of zooplankton communities and their production in freshwater lakes on southern Victoria Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada

Paschale Bégin (Doctorate - 2020)
Limnology of a sentinel lake in the Canadian High Arctic: Ward Hunt Lake, Nunavut

Elise Imbeau (Master - 2019)
  Newly revealed organic carbon reserves in northern lake ice

Maxime Wauthy (Doctorate - 2019)
Influence of thawing permafrost on organic matter and food webs in northern circumpolar freshwaters

Scientific Communications

Ayala, P., Bogard, M.J., Grosbois, G., Preskienis, V., Culp, J.M., Power, M., Rautio, M., 2024. Dominance of net autotrophy in arid landscape low relief polar lakes, Nunavut, Canada. <strong>Global Change Biology</strong>, 30(e17193): 1-19. DOI: <a href=" 10.1111/gcb.17193" target="_blank"> 10.1111/gcb.17193</a>.

Grosbois, G., Power, M., Evans, M., Koehler, G., Rautio, M., 2022. Content, composition, and transfer of polyunsaturated fatty acids in an Arctic lake food web. <strong>Ecosphere</strong>, 13(1), e03881. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/ecs2.3881</a>.

Mazoyer, F., Laurion, I., Rautio, M., 2022. The dominant role of sunlight in degrading winter dissolved organic matter from a thermokarst lake in a subarctic peatland. <strong>Biogeosciences</strong>, 19: 3959–3977. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.5194/bg-19-3959-2022</a>.

Potvin, M., Lovejoy, C., Rautio, M., 2022. Freshwater microbial eukaryotic core communities, open-water and under-ice specialists in southern Victoria Island Lakes (Ekaluktutiak, NU, Canada). <strong>Frontiers in Microbiology</strong>, 12, 786094. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.3389/fmicb.2021.786094</a>.

Schartau, A.K., Mariash, H., Christoffersen, K.S., Bogan, D., Dubovskaya, O.P., Fefilova, E.B., Hayden, B., Ingvason, H.R., Ivanova, E.A., Kononova, O.N., Kravchuk, E.S., Lento, J., Majaneva, M., Novichkova, A.A., Rautio, M., Rühland, K.M., Shaftel, R., Smol, J.P., Vrede, T., Kahilainen, K.K., 2022. First circumpolar assessment of arctic freshwater phytoplankton and zooplankton diversity: Spatial patterns and environmental factors. <strong>Freshwater Biology</strong>, 67(1 - Ecological Change in Arctic Freshwaters): 141-158. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/fwb.13783</a>.

Ayala, P., Lovejoy, C., Power, M., Rautio, M., 2021. Evidence of eutrophication in arctic lakes. <strong>Arctic Science</strong>, 7(4): 859-87. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1139/as-2020-0033</a>.

Bégin, P.N., Tanabe, Y., Rautio, M., Wauthy, M., Laurion, I., Uchida, M., Culley, A.I., Vincent, W.F., 2021. Water column gradients beneath the summer ice of a High Arctic freshwater lake as indicators of sensitivity to climate change. <strong>Scientific Reports</strong>, 11, 2868. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1038/s41598-021-82234-z</a>.

Cavaliere, E., Fournier, I., Hazuková, V., Rue, G., Sadro, S., Berger, S.A., Cotner, J.B., Dugan, H.A., Hampton, S.E., Lottig, N.R., McMeans, B.C., Ozersky, T., Powers, S.M., Rautio, M., O’Reilly, C.M., 2021. The lake ice continuum concept: Influence of winter conditions on energy and ecosystem dynamics. <strong>Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences</strong>, 126(11), e2020JG006165. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1029/2020JG006165</a>.

Hébert, M.-P., Beisner, B., Rautio, M., Fussman , G.F., 2021. Warming winters in lakes: Later ice onset promotes consumer overwintering and shapes springtime planktonic food webs. <strong>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)</strong>, 118(48), e2114840118. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1073/pnas.2114840118</a>.

Imbeau, E., Vincent, W.F., Wauthy, M., Cusson, M., Rautio, M., 2021. Hidden stores of organic Matter in northern lake ice: selective retention of terrestrial particles, phytoplankton and labile carbon. <strong>Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences</strong>, 126(8), e2020JG006233. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1029/2020JG006233</a>.

Jansen, J., MacIntyre, S., Barrett, D.C., Chin, Y.-P., Cortés, A., Forrest, A.L., Hrycik, A.R., Martin, R., McMeans, B.C., Rautio, M., Schwefel, R., 2021. Winter limnology: How do hydrodynamics and biogeochemistry shape ecosystems under ice? <strong>Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences</strong>, 126(6), e2020JG006237. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1029/2020JG006237</a>.

Jeppesen, E., Christoffersen, K.S., Rautio, M., Lauridsen, T.L., 2021. Ecology of arctic lakes and ponds. Pages 159-180 dans Arctic Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Kluge, M., Wauthy, M., Clemmensen, K.E., Wurzbacher, C., Hawkes, J.A., Einarsdottir, K., Rautio, M., Stenlid, J., Peura, S., 2021. Declining fungal diversity in Arctic freshwaters along a permafrost thaw gradient. <strong>Global Change Biology</strong>, 27(22): 5889-5906. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/gcb.15852</a>.

Bégin, P.N., Rautio, M., Tanabe, Y., Uchida, M., Culley, A.I., Vincent, W.F., 2020. The littoral zone of polar lakes: inshore-offshore contrasts in an ice-covered High Arctic lake. <strong>Arctic Science</strong>, 7(1): 158-181. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1139/AS-2020-0026</a>.

Grosbois, G., Vachon, D., del Giorgio, P.A., Rautio, M., 2020. Efficiency of crustacean zooplankton in transferring allochthonous carbon in a boreal lake. <strong>Ecology</strong>, 101(6), e03013. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/ecy.3013</a>.

Nevalainen, L., Rantala, M., Kivilä, H., Lami, A., Wauthy, M., Rautio, M., Luoto, T., 2020. Biogeochemical and photobiological responses of subarctic lakes to UV radiation. <strong>Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology</strong>, 209: 111932. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2020.111932</a>.

Rautio, M., Evans, M., Grosbois, G., Power, M., 2020. Omega-3 fatty acids and mercury in the food web of Greiner Lake. Polar Knowledge: Aqhaliat 2019 Report. Polar Knowledge Canada.

Wauthy, M., Rautio, M., 2020. Emergence of steeply stratified permafrost thaw ponds changes zooplankton ecology in subarctic freshwaters. <strong>Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research</strong>, 52(1): 177-190. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1080/15230430.2020.1753412</a>.

Wauthy, M., Rautio, M., 2020. Permafrost thaw stimulates primary producers but has a moderate effect on primary consumers in subarctic ponds. <strong>Ecosphere</strong>, 11(6): e03099. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/ecs2.3099</a>.

Kivilä, E.H., Louto, T.P., Rantala, M., Kiljunen, M., Rautio, M., Nevalainen, L., 2019. Environmental controls on benthic food web functions and carbon resource use in subarctic lakes. <strong>Freshwater Biology</strong>, 64(4): 643-658. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/fwb.13250</a>.

Mariash, H., Rautio, M., Mallory, M., Smith, P.A., 2019. Experimental tests of water chemistry response to ornithological eutrophication: biological implications in Arctic freshwaters. <strong>Biogeosciences</strong>, 16(23): 4719–4730. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.5194/bg-16-4719-2019</a>.

Peura, S., Wauthy, M., Simone, D., Eiler, A., Einarsdóttir, K., Rautio, M., Bertilsson, S., 2019. Ontogenic succession of thermokarst thaw ponds is linked to dissolved organic matter quality and microbial degradation potential. <strong>Limnology and Oceanography</strong>, 65(S1 - Linking Metagenomics to Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycles): S248-S263. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/lno.11349</a>.

Rautio, M., 2019. Cambridge Bay aquatic ecosystems 2020. 5th T-MOSAiC Workshop: Microbiomes/Oxygen/Biogeochemical Processes Workshop. Québec, Québec, Canada.

Rautio, M., 2019. Freshwater studies at Cambridge Bay. Arctic Research Foundation – Science Workshop. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Grosbois, G., Rautio, M., 2018. Active and colorful life under lake ice. <strong>Ecology</strong>, 99(3): 752-754. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/ecy.2074</a>.

Mariash, H., Cazzanelli, M., Rautio, M., Hamerlik, L., Wooller, M.J., Christoffersen, K.S., 2018. Changes in food web dynamics of low arctic ponds with varying content of dissolved organic carbon. <strong>Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research</strong>, 50(1): e1414472. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1080/15230430.2017.1414472</a>.

Nevalainen, L., Rantala, M., Rautio, M., Louto, T.P., 2018. Spatio‐temporal cladoceran (Branchiopoda) responses to climate change and UV radiation in subarctic ecotonal lakes. <strong>Journal of Biogeography</strong>, 45(8): 1954-1965. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/jbi.13371</a>.

Tran, P., Ramachandran, A., Khawasek, O., Beisner, B., Rautio, M., Huot, Y., Walsh, D.A., 2018. Microbial life under ice: Metagenome diversity and <i>in situ</i> activity of Verrucomicrobia in seasonally ice‐covered lakes. <strong>Environmental Microbiology</strong>, 20(7): 2568-2584. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/1462-2920.14283</a>.

Wauthy, M., Rautio, M., Christoffersen, K.S., Forsström, L., Laurion, I., Mariash, H., Peura, S., Vincent, W.F., 2018. Increasing dominance of terrigenous organic matter in circumpolar freshwaters due to permafrost thaw. <strong>Limnology and Oceanography Letters</strong>, 3(3 - Special Issue: Carbon cycling in inland waters: Progress and perspectives): 186-198. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/lol2.10063</a>.

Andrady, A., Aucamp, P.J., Austin, A.T., Bais, A.F., Ballaré, C.L., Barnes, P.W., Bernhard, G.H., Björn, L.O., Bornman, J.F., Congdon, , Cory, R.M., Gruijl, F.R., Häder, D.P., Heikkilä, A., Hylander, S., Longstreth, J., Lucas, R.M., Madronich, S., McKenzie, R.L., Neale, P., Neale, R., Norval, M., Pandey, K.K., Paul, N., Rautio, M., Redhwi, H.H., Robinson, S.A., Rose, K.C., Solomon, K.C., Sulzberger, B., Wängberg, S.Å., Williamson, C.E., Wilson, S.R., Worrest, R.C., Young, A.R., Zepp, R.G., 2017. United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Effects Assessment Panel. Environmental effects of ozone depletion and its interactions with climate change: Progress report, 2016. <strong>Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences</strong>, 16(2): 107-145. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1039/c7pp90001e</a>.

Bélanger, C., Couture, R.-M., Gratton, Y., Laurion, I., Logan, T., Rautio, M., St-Hilaire, A., 2017. Impacts of climate changes on dissolved oxygen concentrations in Québec Province lakes. 48 pages.

Block, B.D., Denfeld, B.A., Stockwell, J.D., Flaim, G., Grossart, H.-P.F., Knoll, L.B., Maier, D.B., North, R.L., Rautio, M., Rusak, J.A., Sadro, S.R., Weyhenmeyer, G.A., Bramburger, A.J., Branstrator, D.K., Salonen, K., Hampton, S.E., 2017. The unique methodological challenges of winter limnology. <strong>Ecology Letters</strong>(1): 42-57. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/lom3.10295</a>.

Grosbois, G., Del Giorgio, P.A., Rautio, M., 2017. Zooplankton allochthony is spatially heterogeneous in a boreal lake. <strong>Freshwater Biology</strong>, 62(3): 474-490. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/fwb.12879</a>.

Grosbois, G., Mariash, H., Schneider, T., Rautio, M., 2017. Under-ice availability of phytoplankton lipids is key to freshwater zooplankton winter survival. <strong>Scientific Reports</strong>, 7: Article number: 11543. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1038/s41598-017-10956-0</a>.

Hampton, S.E., Galloway, A.W.E., Powers, S.M., Ozersky, T., Woo, K.H., Batt, R.D., Labou, S.G., O’Reilly, C.M., Sharma, S., Lottig, N.R., Stanley, E.H., North, R.L., Stockwell, J.D., Adrian, R., Weyhenmeyer, G.A., Arvola, L., Baulch, H.M., Bertani, I., Bowman, Jr., L.L., Carey, C.C., Catalan, J., Colom-Montero, W., Domine, L.M., Felip, M., Granados, I., Gries, C., Grossart, H.-P., Haberman, J., Haldna, M., Hayden, B., Higgins, S.N., Jolley, J.C., Kahilainen, K.K., Kaup, E., Kehoe, M.J., MacIntyre, S., Mackay, A.W., Mariash, H., McKay, R.M., Nixdorf, B., Noges, P., Noges, T., Palmer, M., Pierson, D.C., Post, D.M., Pruett, M.J., Rautio, M., Read, J.S., Roberts, S.L., Rücker, J., Sadro, S., Silow, E.A., Smith, D.E., Sterner, R.W., Swann, G.E.A., Timofeyev, M.A., Toro, M., Twiss, M.R., Vogt, R.J., Watson, S.B., Whiteford, E.J., Xenopoulos, M.A., 2017. Ecology under lake ice. <strong>Ecology Letters</strong>, 20: 98-111. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/ele.12699</a>.

Mariash, H., Cusson, M., Rautio, M., 2017. Fall composition of storage lipids is associated with the overwintering strategy of <em>Daphnia</em>. <strong>Lipids</strong>, 52(1): 83-91. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1007/s11745-016-4219-9</a>.

Rautio, M., 2017. Life under lake ice: the role of active and colorful zooplankton in linking seasons and trophic levels. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Schneider, T., Grosbois, G., Vincent, W.F., Rautio, M., 2017. Saving for the future: Pre‐winter uptake of algal lipids supports copepod egg production in spring. <strong>Freshwater Biology</strong>, 62(6): 1063-1072. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/fwb.12925</a>.

Wauthy, M., Rautio, M., Christoffersen, K.S, Forsström, L., Laurion, I., Mariash, H., Peura, S., Vincent, W.F., 2017. Dissolved organic carbon and related environmental data from ponds and lakes in the circumpolar North, v. 1.0 (2002-2016). D31. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.5885/45520CE-0A48ADE0E2194290</a>.

Wurzbacher, C., Nilsson, H., Rautio, M., Peura, S., 2017. Poorly known microbial taxa dominate the microbiome of permafrost thaw ponds. <strong>ISME Journal</strong>, 11: 1938–1941. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1038/ismej.2017.54</a>.

Louto, T.P., Rantala, M.V., Galkin, A., Rautio, M., Nevalainen, L., 2016. Environmental determinants of chironomid communities in remote northern lakes across the treeline &ndash; Implications for climate change assessments. <strong>Ecological Indicators</strong>, 61(Part 2): 991-999. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.10.057</a>.

Nevalainen, L., Rantala, M.V., Louto, T.P., Ojala, A.E.K., Rautio, M., 2016. Long-term changes in pigmentation of arctic <I>Daphnia </I>provide potential for reconstructing aquatic UV exposure. <strong>Quaternary Science Reviews</strong>, 144: 44-50. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.05.022</a>.

Rantala, M.V., Nevalainen, L., Rautio, M., Galkin, A., Luoto, T.P., 2016. Sources and controls of organic carbon in lakes across the subarctic treeline. <strong>Biogeochemistry</strong>, 129(1-2): 235-253. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1007/s10533-016-0229-1</a>.

Roiha, T., Peura, S., Cusson, M., Rautio, M., 2016. Allochthonous carbon is a major regulator to bacterial growth and community composition in subarctic freshwaters. <strong>Scientific Reports</strong>, 6 : 34456. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1038/srep34456</a>.

Schneider, T., Grosbois, G., Vincent, W.F., Rautio, M., 2016. Carotenoid accumulation in copepods is related to lipid metabolism and reproduction rather than to UV-protection. <strong>Limnology and Oceanography</strong>, 61(4): 1201-1213. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1002/lno.10283</a>.

Forsström, L., Rautio, M., Cusson, M., Sorvari, S., Albert, R.-L., Kumagai, M., Korhola, A., 2015. Dissolved organic matter concentration, optical parameters and attenuation of solar radiation in high-latitude lakes across three vegetation zones. <strong>Écoscience</strong>, 22(1): 17-31. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1080/11956860.2015.1047137</a>.

Häder, D.-P., Williamson, C.E., Wängberg, S.-Å., Rautio, M., Rose, K.C., Gao, K., Helbling, E.W., Sinha, R.P., Worrest, R., 2015. Chapter 4: Effects of UV radiation on aquatic ecosystems and interactions with other environmental factors. Pages 121-147 dans Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion: 2014 Assessment. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Häder, D.-P., Williamson, C.E., Wängberg, S.-Å., Rautio, M., Rose, K.C., Gao, K., Helbling, E.W., Sinha, R.P., Worrest, R., 2015. Effects of UV radiation on aquatic ecosystems and interactions with other environmental factors. <strong>Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences</strong>, 14(1): 108-126. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1039/c4pp90035a</a>.

Marttiina, R.V., Luoto, T.P., Weckström, J., Perga, M.-É., Rautio, M., Nevalainen, L., 2015. Climate controls on the Holocene development of a subarctic lake in northern Fennoscandia. <strong>Quaternary Science Reviews</strong>, 126(15): 175-185. DOI: <a href=" " target="_blank">10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.08.032 </a>.

Nevalainen, L., Louto, T.P., Rantala, M.V., Galkin, A., Rautio, M., 2015. Role of terrestrial carbon in aquatic UV exposure and photoprotective pigmentation of meiofauna in subarctic lakes. <strong>Freshwater Biology</strong>, 60(11): 2435–2444. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1111/fwb.12670</a>.

Nevalainen, L., Rantala, M.V., Louto, T.P., Rautio, M., Ojala, A.E.K., 2015. Ultraviolet radiation exposure of a high arctic lake in Svalbard during the Holocene. <strong>Boreas</strong>, 44(2): 401-412. DOI: <a href=" 10.1111/bor.12108" target="_blank"> 10.1111/bor.12108</a>.

Przytulska-Bartosiewicz, A., Bartosiewicz, M., Rautio, M., Dufresne, F., Vincent, W.F., 2015. Climate effects on high latitude <I>Daphnia </I>via food quality and thresholds. <strong>PLoS one</strong>, 10(5): e0126231. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1371/journal.pone.0126231</a>.

Rantala, M.V., Louto, T.P., Weckström, J., Perga, M.-E., Rautio, M., Nevalainen, L., 2015. Climate controls on the Holocene development of a subarctic lake in northern Fennoscandia. <strong>Quaternary Science Reviews</strong>, 126: 175-185. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.08.032</a>.

Rautio, M., 2015. Changes in zooplankton pigmentation &ndash; response to UV radiation? Mini Symposium: Induced threat responses in aquatic systems. Lund, Suède.

Roiha, T., Laurion, I., Rautio, M., 2015. Carbon dynamics in highly heterotrophic subarctic thaw ponds. <strong>Biogeosciences</strong>, 12: 7223-7237. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.5194/bg-12-7223-2015</a>.

Vonk, J.E., Tank, S.E., Bowden, W.B., Laurion, I., Vincent, W.F., Alekseychik, P., Amyot, M., Billet, M.F., Canário, J., Cory, R.M., Deshpande, B., Helbig, M.J., Jammet, M., Karlsson, J., Larouche, J., MacMillan, G.A., Rautio, M., Walter Anthony, K.M., Wickland, K.P., 2015. Reviews and syntheses: Effects of permafrost thaw on arctic aquatic ecosystems. <strong>Biogeosciences</strong>, 12(23): 7129–7167. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.5194/bgd-12-7129-2015</a>.

Casper, A.F., Rautio, M., Martineau, C., Vincent, W.F., 2014. Variation and assimilation of arctic riverine seston in the pelagic food web of the Mackenzie River Delta and Beaufort Sea transition zone. <strong>Estuaries and Coasts</strong>, 38: 1656–1663. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1007/s12237-014-9917-z</a>.

Mariash, H., Devlin, S.P., Forsström, L., Jones , R.I., Rautio, M., 2014. Benthic mats offer a potential subsidy to pelagic consumers in tundra pond food webs. <strong>Limnology and Oceanography</strong>, 59(3): 733-744. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.4319/lo.2014.59.3.0733</a>.

Nevalainen, L., Rautio, M., 2014. Spectral absorbance of benthic cladoceran carapaces as a new method for inferring past UV exposure of aquatic biota. <strong>Quaternary Science Reviews</strong>, 84(3): 109-115. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.11.020</a>.

Schneider, T., Rautio, M., 2014. It&rsquo;s not the UV &ndash; or is it? Potential environmental drivers to explain the counter-intuitive seasonal pattern of freshwater copepod pigmentati. Département des sciences de l’environnement, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

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