Eliza Deutsch

Eliza Deutsch
University of Toronto | U of T · Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Doctor of Philosophy


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Environmental scientist with a background in both aquatic and terrestrial ecology and management. Current area of research is lake ecosystem modeling and monitoring. Specialized skills include statistical analysis and modeling, remote sensing and GIS, environmental impact assessments, field assessments of flora and soils, water quality laboratory work, project management, and science communication.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - present
University of Toronto
  • PostDoc Position
  • Working on a Canada-wide multi-university and multi-agency project assessing the health of lakes. Developing remote sensing algorithms for water clarity and interpolating assessment of health to all lakes in Canada.
August 2010 - September 2017
American University of Beirut
Field of study
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
September 2006 - September 2008
University of Alberta
Field of study
  • Rangeland and Wildlife Management
January 2005 - September 2006


Publications (19)
Cyanobacteria blooms, especially those involving Microcystis, are an increasing problem worldwide. Complex pathways between temperature and nutrient loads are thought to be the major drivers leading to Microcystis dominance in freshwater systems. In this paper, Microcystis dominance in a Mediterranean hypereutrophic reservoir is studied over a peri...
Conference Paper
Cyanobacteria blooms, especially those involving Microcystis, are an increasing problem facing many freshwater systems worldwide. In this study, a Bayesian Network (BN) along with a Structural Equation Model (SEM) were concurrently developed through data-driven learning and expert elicitation in order to better delineate the main pathways responsib...
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In situ monitoring of freshwater systems is often constrained by cost and accessibility, particularly in developing countries and in remote areas. Satellite remote sensing is therefore increasingly being integrated with existing in situ water quality monitoring programs. In this study, we use the Landsat TM/ETM+ image record collected between 1984...
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The launch of the Landsat 8 in February 2013 extended the life of the Landsat program to over 40 years, increasing the value of using Landsat to monitor long-term changes in the water quality of small lakes and reservoirs, particularly in poorly monitored freshwater systems. Landsat-based water quality hindcasting often incorporate several Landsat...
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Little is known about the short-term impacts of warming on native plant community dynamics in the northern Canadian prairies. This study examined the immediate effects of elevated temperature and defoliation on plant community diversity, composition, and biomass within a native rough fescue (Festuca hallii (Vasey) Piper) grassland over two growing...
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While plant litter is known to regulate soil moisture, little is known about the extent to which litter impacts moisture over and above the physical environment (i.e., ecosite) throughout the growing season, particularly in cool-temperate grasslands where moisture is considered less limiting for plant growth. In this study, we examined the relative...
Soil moisture can limit plant production in cool-temperate grasslands, particularly under recent increases in drought severity and predictions of future climate change. This necessitates research that examines moisture mitigation strategies under the dominant land use of grazing. We examined the effectiveness of plant litter in regulating soil mois...


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