I received all three of my degrees from the University of Toronto. I completed two consecutive post-doctorate positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then taught as an Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. I then returned to York University for a Research Associate position, then was at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for seven years as an Assistant Professor. My position at Laurentian University as an Associate Professor began in 2003. I teach in both the School of The Environment and the Department of Biology, and I'm an Associate Member of Laurentian's Vale Living With Lakes Center.
- BSc. University of Toronto
- MSc. University of Toronto
- PhD. University of Toronto
1991 - Assistant Professor, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick
1992 - Research Associate, York University, Toronto
1995 - Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
2003 - Associate Professor, Laurentian University, Sudbury
My research focus is the food webs of freshwater lakes. This includes everything from algae to fish. Mostly, I study the recovery of Sudbury-area lakes from long-term industrial damage. It's a fascinating area to work in because the lake food webs are all damaged but in very different ways. I also do a lot of work on cyanobacteria (bluegreen algae) and exotic invaders such as Eurasian milfoil. Recently, I have started to work on river ecosystems and I also have a climate change project with research on Baffin Island in Canada's high arctic.
- ENSC2707 - Ecology of Human Populations
- BIOL2716 - Diversity of Animals
- ENSC3246 - Aquatic Ecology
- ENSC3202 - Aquatic Ecology Methods
- ENSC3606 - Design and Analysis For Environmental Sciences
- ENSC4146 - Urban Waters
- BIOL4756 - Freshwater Biology
- BIO5086 - Community Ecology
- Associate Editor - Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Distinguished Contributor
- Luek A, Morgan GE, Ramcharan CW. 2014. Biomass of benthic invertebrates unaffected by industrial damage to lakes despite effects on species composition. Hydrobiologia 744:101-114.
- Webster N, Keller B, Ramcharan CW. 2013. Restoration of zooplankton communities in industrially damaged lakes: influences of residual metal contamination and the recovery of fish communities. Restoration Ecology 21:785-792.
- Luek A, Morgan GE, Wissel B, Gunn JM, and Ramcharan CW. 2012. Impaired littoral energy pathways cause a shift to pelagic resources in fish in recovering lake food webs. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.22:348-360.
- Boeing WJ, and Ramcharan CW. 2010. Inducible defenses are a stabilizing factor for predator and prey populations: a field experiment. Freshwater Biology 55:2332-2338.
- Valois AE, Keller W, Ramcharan CW. 2011. Recovery in a multiple stressor environment: using the reference condition approach to examine zooplankton community change along opposing gradients. J. Plankton Res. 33:1417-1429.
- Valois A, Keller B, and Ramcharan CW. 2010. Abiotic and biotic processes in lakes recovering from acidification: the relative roles of metal toxicity and fish predation as barriers to zooplankton re-establishment. Freshwater Biology 55:2585-2597.
- Boeing WJ, and Ramcharan CW. 2010. Inducible defenses are a stabilizing factor for Charles Ramcharan, Page 3/4 predator and prey populations: a field experiment. Freshwater Biology 00:0000- 0000.
- Boeing WJ, Wissel B, and Ramcharan CW. 2010. Can costs and benefits of Daphnia defense against fish be measured in a field experiment? Fundamental and Applied Limnology 176:1-10.
- Luek A, Morgan G, Wissel B, Gunn J, Ramcharan CW. 2010. Rapid and unexpected effects of piscivore introduction on trophic position and diet of perch (Perca flavescens) in recovering lakes. Freshwater Biology 55:1616-1627.