Department of Biological Sciences

Gif ImageMichael Hickman


Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E9
Office Number: B330 Bio Sciences
Email address:
Fax address: (780) 492-9234
Phone Number: (780) 492-5615

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Current Research interests

Palaeolimnological and palynological studies of lakes in Alberta and the central Cordillera of British Columbia. Specifically, research involves elucidating the late Quaternary history of selected lakes, and determining effects of inferred Holocene climate change upon these lakes and their communities through use of microfossils (pollen, diatoms, chrysophyte stomatocyst), pigments and geochemistry. Relationships between modern surficial sedimentary diatom and chrysophyte stomatocyst assemblages and measured environmental parameters are being investigated using multivariate approaches. Ecology of microphytobenthic algal communities.

Recent Publications

M. Hickman and C.E. Schweger. The late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental history of a presently deep freshwater lake in east-central Alberta, Canada. Palaeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (in press; accepted 4 September 1995)

M. Thain and M. Hickman. The penguin dictionary of biology, 9th edition. Penguin Books (1995): 665 pages.

M. Hickman and MA Reasoner. Diatom response to late Quaternary vegetation and cli mate change, and to deposition of two tephras in an alpine and a subalpine lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. Journal of Paleolimnology 11 (1994: 173-188.

M. Hickman and CE Schweger. Late glacial-early Holocene palaeosalinity in Alberta, Canada - climate implications. Journal of Paleolimnology 8 (1993): 149-161.

M. Hickman and C.E. Schweger. A palaeoenvironmental study of Fairfax Lake, a small lake situated in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of west-central Alberta. Journal of Paleolimnology 6 (1991): 1-15.

M. Hickman and C.E. Schweger. Oscillaxanthin and myxoxanthophyll in two cores from Lake Wabamun, Alberta, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology 5 (1991): 127-137.


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