Prof. Ackerman’s current research involves the physical ecology of unionid bivalves, their early life history and conservation, and understanding the mechanics of nutrient uptake in aquatic plants.
He received an MA from SUNY Stony Brook and completed his PhD at Cornell University. He was a postdoctoral researcher in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto and was a founding faculty member and Canada Research Chair in Physical Ecology and Aquatic Science at the University of Northern British Columbia.
He is the editor of Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids and Environments; the associate editor of Aquatic Sciences, and a former associate editor of Limnology and Oceanography. He is a member of a number of scientific societies including: AGU, ASLO, AIBS, BES, BSA, CERF, IAGLR, NABS, SCL, SMB, and TOS.