Jeff Curtis

B.Sc. (1979) University of Michigan
M.Sc. (1985) University of Minnesota
Ph.D. (1991) University of Manitoba


Jeff is a member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at UBC's Okanagan campus, and also holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia. Jeff is not that well traveled but has moved a lot, having lived in five provinces in Canada and eight US states.

Jeff is responsible for a variety of courses pertaining to environmental science and especially for the Freshwater Science (B.Sc.) Degree program. Jeff is a member of the Society of Canadian Limnologists, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and American Geophysical Union. He was a founding board member of the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society, and the Southern Interior Forest Extension (now FORREX) and Research Partnership, and NSERC Representative at OUC. Jeff and Rob O'Brien collaboratively operate the Water Resource Science/Trace Analysis Facility.

Away from the office and lab, Jeff, wife Brenda and daughter Kate can often be found on the trails of BC -- on skis and snowshoes in winter and on foot, horseback or mountain bike for the rest of the year. He also enjoys fishing, canoeing and sailing in the recently restored sailboat. 

Current Research Projects include studies of:

  • Biogeoclimatic control of water quality in streams and rivers in British Columbia
  • Effects of natural disturbance on hydrology and water chemistry ö the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire of 2003
  • Optical properties of natural waters
  • Autotrophy vs. allotrophy in aquatic systems
  • Wetland restoration in the foreshore of Okanagan Basin Lakes


Radomske, E.H., P.J. Curtis, E.L. Petticrew (2006) Phytoplankton and bacterioplankton dependencies on dissolved organic matter (DOM) and inorganic nutrient concentrations in lake enclosures. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 29:###-###

Luider, CD, Curtis, PJ, Scherer, RA, Arkinstall, DA.  (2005) An inexpensive, automatic gravity-fed water sampler for investigating water quality in small streams.  Streamline Watershed Management Bulletin. 8:7 - 9.

L.A. Molot and 15 others (2004) Risk analysis of dissolved organic matter-mediated ultraviolet B exposure in Canadian inland waters. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 61: 2511 – 2521.

Luider, CD, J Crusius, RC Playle, PJ Curtis (2004) Influence fo Natural Organic Matter Quality on Copper Speciation as demonstrated by Cu binding on Fish Gills, by Ion Selective Electrode, and By DGT Gel Sampler Environ. Sci. Technol. 38: 2865 - 2872.

Luider, C.D., E. Petticrew, P.J. Curtis (2003) Scavenging of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) by amorphous iron hydroxide particles Fe(OH)3 Hydrobiologia 494:37-41

Richards, J.G., P.J. Curtis, B.K. Burnison and R.C. Playle (2001) Effects of organic matter source on reducing toxicity to rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) and on metal binding to their gills. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 20:1159-1166.

White, J.S., S.E. Bayley and P.J. Curtis (2000) The role of sediment in phosphorus storage of a northern prairie wetland receiving municipal and agro-industrial wastewater. Ecological Engineering 14:127-138.

Curtis, P.J. (1997) Climatic and hydrologic control of DOM concentration and quality in lakes. In. D.O. Hessen & L. Tranvic Aquatic Humic Substances: Ecology and Biogeochemistry.

Schindler, D.W. and P.J. Curtis (1997) The role of DOC in protecting freshwaters subjected to climatic warming and acidification from UV Exposure. Biogeochemistry 36:1-8.

Schindler, D.W., P.J. Curtis, S.E. Bayley, B. Parker K.G. Beaty and M.P. Stainton (1997) Climate-induced changes in the dissolved organic carbon budgets of boreal lakes. Biogeochemistry 36:9-28.

M. Stephenson, L. Bendell Young, G.A. Bird, G.J. Brunskill, P.J. Curtis, W.L. Fairchild, M. Holoka, R. Hunt, S. Lawrence, M.F. Motycka, W.J. Schwartz, M.A. Turner and P. Wilkinson. (1996) Sedimentation of Experimentally-Added Cadmium and 109-Cd in Lake 382, Experimental Lakes Area, Canada. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 53:1888-1902.

Miskimmin, B.M., P.J. Curtis, D.W. Schindler and N. Lafaut (1996). A new hammer-driven freeze corer. J. Paleolimnol. 15: 265-269.

Schindler, D.W., P.J. Curtis, B.R. Parker, and M.P. Staintion. (1996). Concequences of climatic warming and lake acidification for Uvb penetration in North Americal boreal lakes. Nature 379:705-708.

Curtis, P.J. and H.E. Adams. (1995) Dissolved organic matter quantity and quality from freshwater and saline lakes in eastcentral Alberta (Canada). Biogeochemistry 30:59-76.

Curtis, P.J. and P.Walker (1994) Cadmium mobilization from a streambed in response to experimental acidification and neutralization. Water Res. Res. 30:3449-3454.

Babin, J., E.E. Prepas, T.P. Murphy, M. Serediak, P.J. Curtis, Y. Zhang, and P.A. Chambers. (1994) Impact of lime on sediment phosphorus release in hardwater lakes: the case of hypereutrophic Halfmoon Lake, Alberta. Lake and Reservoir Management 8:131-142.

Curtis, P.J. (1993). Dissolved organic carbon (DOC)-dependent kinetics of iron removal from enclosures in a Precambrian Shield lake. Limnology and Oceanography 38:1554-1561.

Curtis, P.J. and E.E. Prepas. (1993). Trends of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration from freshwater to saltwater. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereiningung Limnologie. 25:298-301.

Harrison, S.E. and P.J. Curtis. 1992. Comparative accumulation efficiency of 109 Cadmium from natural food (Hyallela azteca) and artificial diet by rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 49:757-764.

Schindler, D.W., S.E. Bayley, P.J. Curtis, B. Parker, M.P. Stainton, and C.A. Kelly. 1991. Natural and man-caused factors affecting the abundance and cycling of dissolved organic substances in precambrian shield lakes. Hydrobiologia 229:1-21.

Curtis, P.J. 1991. P and Fe release from anoxic Precambrian Shield lake sediments mediated by addition of Fe(II)-insoluble and Fe(II)-soluble bases. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereiningung Limnologie. 24:2976-2979.

Curtis, P.J. 1991. Biogeochemistry of Iron in the Precambrian Shield Lakes of the Experimental Lakes Area, northwestern Ontario. PhD. Thesis, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 287 p.

Curtis, P.J. 1989. Effects of hydrogen ion and sulfate on the phosphorus cycle of a Precambrian Shield lake. Nature 337:156-158.

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Jeff Curtis
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
UBC Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia

Office: Science Building, Room 315
Phone: (250) 807-9521