Wendy C. Gentleman

Associate Professor

Email: Wendy.Gentleman@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6086
Fax: 902-423-1801
Mailing Address: 
1360 Barrington Street
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS,
Canada, B3H 4R2


  • BEng (hons.) in Mechanical Engineering (McGill University)
  • PhD (Dartmough College)

Research interests

Dr. Gentleman's research aims to improve our understanding of how varying environmental conditions effect the structure and function of marine ecosystems and populations. Principle interests lie in developing, implementing and applying models that realistically characterize zooplankton physiology, phenology and associated physical-biological coupling through analyses of model formulations, dynamic simulation, and data comparison.

  • Quantitative assessment of the limitations of existing zooplankton dynamics models
  • Development of realistic mathematical characterizations of zooplankton physiology and phenology, including associated environmental dependencies
  • Analyses of the roles of zooplankton diet and feeding behavior on ecosystem dynamics and production
  • Use of physical-biological coupled models to study effects of circulation and behavioral transport on distributions
  • Quantification of the relative importance of temperature vs. food-limitation in controlling zooplankton growth and development
  • Assessment of predation rates and role of cannibalism on zooplankton dynamics
  • Determination of appropriate sensitivity studies to quantifying model uncertainty and identify types of data needed to narrow such uncertainty

Current research activities

  • Investigation of the role of zooplankton grazing behavior and diet for the dynamics of High-Nitrate-Low-Chlorophyll regions
  • Assessing effects of environmental variability for Calanus finmarchicus population dynamics in the Northwest Atlantic
  • Simulation of the drift and retention of scallop larvae on Georges Bank
  • Estimation of mortality rates from zooplankton field data


After completing an internship in the Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA, USA, Dr. Gentleman subsequently worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. She joined the faculty of the Department of Engineering Mathematics, Dalhousie University in the fall of 2002. Her current interests relate to modelling the effects of environmental variability on marine ecosystems and populations, as well as instructing students in applied mathematics and modelling.


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Selected publications

  1. W. C. Gentleman, A. Leising, B. Frost, J. Murray, S. Strom, Accepted. Functional responses for zooplankton feeding on multiple resources: A critical review of the assumed biological dynamics., Deep Sea Research.
  2. A. W. Leising, W. C. Gentleman, B. W. Frost, Accepted. The threshold feeding response of microzooplankton within Pacific high-nitrate low-chlorophyll ecosystem models under steady and variable iron input, Deep Sea Research.
  3. W. C. Gentleman, 2002 A chronology of plankton dynamics in silico: How computer models have been used to study marine ecosystems, Hydrobiologia 480: 69-85..
  4. D. McGillicuddy, D. Lynch, P. Wiebe, J. Runge, E. Durbin, W. C. Gentleman, C. Davis, 2001. Evaluating the synopticity of the U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank broad-scale sampling pattern with observational system simulation experiments, Deep Sea Research 48(1-3): 483-500.
  5. D. R. Lynch, W. C. Gentleman, D. J. McGillicuddy Jr., C. S. Davis, 1998. Biological/physical simulations of Calanus finmarchicus population dynamics in the Gulf of Maine, Marine Ecology Progress Series 169: 189-210.

    For a full list of publications, presentations, research interests, activities and more about Dr. Wendy Gentleman visit her personal website.