Meagan Harper

Ph.D. Candidate

Research interests: evidence syntheses, evidence-based decision making, systematic prioritization, anthropogenic impacts, aquatic ecosystem and biodiversity conservation


M.S.c., Biology, Carleton University (2019-2021)

Thesis: How do changes in flow magnitude due to hydropower operations affect fish abundance and biomass in temperate regions? A systematic review (Supervisors: Dr. Steven J. Cooke, Dr. Joseph R. Bennett)


B.S.c., Environmental Science Honours, Carleton University (2013-2017)

Thesis title:  A systematic prioritization of invasive plant species management (Supervisor: Dr. Joseph R. Bennett)


Associate of Arts (Anne Arundel Community College, USA)

Lab Publications (7)

  • Hernandez Martinez de la Riva, A., Harper, M., Rytwinski, T., Sahdra, A., Taylor, J., Bard, B., Bennett, J., Burnton, D., Creed, I., Haniford, L.S.E., Hanna, D., Harmsen, C.D., Smol, J.P., Thapar, M., and Cooke, S.J.  In Press.  Tipping points in freshwater ecosystems: an evidence map.  Frontiers in Freshwater Science.  00:000-000.

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    Harper M, Rytwinski T, Creed IF, Helmuth B, Smol JP, Bennet JR, Hanna DEL, Saravia LA, Rocha J, Carrier-Belleau C, Foulk A, Hernandez Martinez De La Riva A, Robichaud C, Sallan L, Sahdra A, Cooke SJ. In. Press.  A multi-realm perspective on applying tipping points to environmental decision making. Environmental Reviews.  00:000-000.

  • Harper M, Rytwinski T, Taylor JJ, Bennett JR, Smokorowski KE, Olden JD, Clarke KD, Pratt T, Fisher N, Leake A, Cooke SJ. 2022. How do changes in flow magnitude due to hydropower operations affect fish abundance and biomass in temperate regions? A systematic review. Environmental Evidence. 11:3. (DOI: 10.1186/s13750-021-00254-8).

  • Birnie-Gauvin K, Rytwinski T, Harper M, Taylor JJ, Smith A, Smokorowski KE, Turgeon K, Bradford MJ, Cooke SJ (In Press) How do natural changes in flow magnitude affect fish abundance and diversity in temperate regions? A systematic review protocol. Ecological Solutions and Evidence.  2:e12079.


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    Harper, M., H.S. Mejbel, D. Longert, R. Abell, T.D. Beard Jr, J.R. Bennett, S.M. Carlson, W. Darwall, A. Dell, S. Domisch, D. Dudgeon, J. Freyhof, I. Harrison, K.A. Hughes, S.C. Jähnig, J.M. Jeschke, R. Lansdown, M. Lintermans, A.J. Lynch, H.M.R. Meredith, S. Molur, J.D. Olden, S.J. Ormerod, H. Patricio, A.J. Reid, A. Schmidt-Kloiber,  M. Thieme, D. Tickner, E. Turak, O.L.F. Weyl  and S.J. Cooke. 2021. Twenty-five essential research questions to inform the protection and restoration of freshwater biodiversity. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 31:1-22.

See All 7 Publications by Meagan Harper

Other Publications

Pullin AS, Cheng SH, Jackson JD, Eales J, Envall I, Fada SJ, Frampton GK, Harper M, Kadykalo AN, Kohl C, Konno K. Standards of conduct and reporting in evidence syntheses that could inform environmental policy and management decisions. Environmental Evidence. 2022 Dec;11(1):1-1.