Felix is interested in the decomposition of vascular plant detritus (grasses, leaves, needles, twigs) in freshwater and marine habitats. This involves interactions between microorganisms and invertebrates; generally, microbes 'condition' the plant remains for animal consumption. In streams, a specialized group of fungi, the aquatic hyphomycetes, dominate. Felix is studying their biology, ecology, taxonomy and evolution. More recently, he has begun to investigate potential relationships between species richness and ecological functions. In addition to his freshwater work, he has studied the decomposition of Spartina alterniflora in saltmarshes of New Brunswick and Georgia (with Dr. Steve Newell, Sapelo Island, University of Georgia), and he has investigated potential food sources of the mudflat amphipod Corophium volutator.
For further information, please email Felix or contact him at the address below:
Professor & Head, Dept. Biology
Mt. Allison University
Sackville, N.B., E4L 1G7
Phone: 506 364-3501
Fax: 506 364-2505