Portrait of Ray Canale

Raymond P. Canale

Emeritus Professor


2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125


  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Syracuse University, 1964
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, 1966
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University; 1968

Research Interests

Professor Canale’s research has focused on the development of mathematical models for biological and chemical kinetic and transport processes in aquatic ecosystems. This has resulted in publications on a variety of topics such as food web dynamics in Lake Michigan, zebra mussel grazing on phytoplankton in the Seneca River (N.Y.), and phosphorus and algal nutrient recycling in numerous lakes and reservoirs. Recently he has become interested in bioenergetic models for fish growth and consumption. Canale has applied these models to increase the efficiency of fish production and minimize the adverse environmental impacts of hatchery waste by-products.  

Professional Service

Steve Chapra and I collaborated on the 1st edition of NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS published by McGraw-Hill in 1985.  Now in its 6th edition, it is the most widely used text of this type by colleges and universities around the world and has been translated into 10 languages.


  • ​1996 Paper-of-the-Year Award, Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE
  • 1987 Merrian-Wiley Distinguished Author Award
  • 1987 James R. Rumsey Award, Michigan Water Pollution Control Federation
  • 1987 First-Edition-of-the-Year Award, McGraw-Hill


  • Canale, R. P., J.Breck, K. Shearer, K. Neely. (2013). “Validation of a Bioenergetic Model for Juvenile Salmonid Hatchery Production Using Growth Data from Independent Laboratory Feeding Studies.” Aquaculture. 416-417, pp. 228-237.
  • Canale, R. P. and J.Breck. (2013). “Comments on proper (and improper) solutions of bioenergetic equations for modeling fish growth.” Aquaculture. 404-405, pp. 41-46.
  • Canale, R. P., T. Redder, W. Swiecki, and G. Whelan.  (2010). “Phosphorus Budget and Remediation Plan for Big Platte Lake.”  Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, Volume 136, No. 5, pp. 576-586.
  • Canale, R. P., R. Harrison, P. Moskus, T. Naperala, W. Swiecki, and G. Whelan (2004). “Case Study: Reduction of Total Phosphorus Loads to Big Platte Lake, MI Through Point Source Control and Watershed Management.”  Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, Watershed 2004, pp. 1060-1076.
  • Canale R. P. and S. Chapra. (2002). “Modeling Zebra Mussel Impacts on Water Quality of Seneca River, New York.” J. of Env Engr Div. ASCE, Vol. 128, (12), pp. 1158-1168.