Assistant Director, Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory
Northern Arizona University
B.S. in Biology from Université
du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (1999)
M. Sc. in Environmental
Sciences from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Québec,
Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometer Operator Courses, EA and Mass
Spectrometer sections - June 17th-21st, 2013.
Isomass Scientific Training Centre, University of Ottawa, G.G. Hatch
Isotope Laboratories, Ottawa, Canada
Caron’s research activities are focused on the influence of biotic and
abiotic factors on aquatic food web structure, composition, and behavior of aquatic
organisms using stable isotope techniques.
Her research interests can be broken down into three different aspects:
1) aquatic food web modeling of abiotic and biotic interactions, 2) stable
isotopic techniques and applications to lacustrine and fluvial studies, and 3)
method development in stable isotopic techniques for deuterium analysis and the
potential use of deuterium in aquatic ecology and river food web modeling.
Caron enjoys whitewater sports (kayaking, rafting, SUPing), camping, traveling,
learning Spanish, and wines.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Doucett, R.R., J.C. Marks, D.W. Blinn, M.
Caron, and B.A. Hungate. 2007. Measuring terrestrial subsidies to aquatic food
webs using stable isotopes of hydrogen. Ecology
Caron, M., R.R. Doucett, J.L. Sabo, and T.A. Kennedy. 2008.
Tracing terrestrial and aquatic organic matter sources in the Colorado
River food web using stable isotopes of hydrogen (dD). 6th International Conference on Applications
of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies, Honolulu, HI.
Caron, M., R.R. Doucett, J.L Sabo, and T.A. Kennedy. 2008. Longitudinal and seasonal partitioning
of trophic linkages in the Colorado River food web using stable hydrogen
isotopes (dD). Northern American Benthological Society, Salt Lake City, UT.
Caron, M., R.R. Doucett and J.L. Sabo. 2007. Quantifying energy flow to aquatic food webs
in the Colorado River using stable isotopes of hydrogen (dD). Northern American
Benthological Society, Columbia, SC.
Manage the day-to-day operations of the prep lab portion of CPSIL.
Operate the TC/EA-IRMS and the Picarro CRDS for 13C + dD for hydrogen
and carbon isotopes.
Perform data correction, maintenance, method development, and repairs.
Primary contact for NAU and external clients regarding analyses offered
in our laboratory.