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Aquatic Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics

Explore the complex nature of aquatic food webs and near-shore processes as part of the Aquatic Ecology and Ecosystems Dynamics research team.

With fresh water only a few steps away from the front door of the Great Lakes Research Center, researchers have truly amazing opportunities for their studies. Our research topics, ranging from near-shore carbon-cycling processes and global carbon budgets to mitigation of heavy-metal-laden mining byproducts, have both a local and global impact.

Given our location in one of the top ten snowiest areas in the nation, we also have wonderful winter-water research opportunities. Current topics of interest include nutrient cycling in ice-covered near-shore streams and the impact of increasingly warmer winters on the coastal food web.

  • Mining contamination near Torch Lake
  • Mitigation of industrial waste products
  • Changing aquatic carbon cycle due to global climate change

  • Nutrient cycling in ice-covered near-shore streams
  • Impact of increasingly warm winters on the coastal food web

Martin T. Auer

  • Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2799
mtauer@mtu.edu
318 GLRC

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Surface water quality engineering

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Engineering approaches to lake and river management
  • Mathematical modeling of surface water quality

Sarah A. Green

  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Michael R. Gretz

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

Casey J Huckins

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Program Director Peace Corps Master's International Program in Biological Sciences
906-487-2475
cjhuckin@mtu.edu
Dow 716, GLRC 112

Research Expertise

  • Ecology of lakes, streams, and their riparian interface with terrestrial systems
  • Fish ecology, biology, functional morphology
  • effects of land use on ecological systems
  • Biomonitoring for research and restoration
  • Effects of Invasive Species
Evan S. Kane faculty portrait
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
906-482-6303
eskane@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building 123

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil carbon
  • Plant/soil relationships
  • Decomposition
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Wildfire
  • Black carbon

Charles Kerfoot

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu
GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Amy M. Marcarelli

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Alex S. Mayer

  • Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3372
asmayer@mtu.edu
Dow 809

Teaching Interests

  • Groundwater flow and transport and subsurface remediation

Research Interests

  • Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater Vadose Zones
  • Mathematical Optimization of Groundwater Remediation Systems: Multi-Objective and Uncertainty Problems
  • Surfactant-Enhanced Dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Liquids in Subsurface Systems
  • Groundwater Flow in a Fault Zone in the Vicinity of Desert Hot Springs, California
  • Simulation of Saltwater Intrusion in the Guaymas Valley, Sonora, Mexico California

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
906-487-1853
lrmazzol@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402D

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

Judith A. Perlinger

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3641
jperl@mtu.edu
Dow 863

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability

Robert A. Shuchman

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
734-913-6860
shuchman@mtu.edu
MTRI

Research Interests

  • Oceanic Sciences/Natural Resources
  • AR, MS, and Photo-imaging Applied to Oceanography
  • Earth Resources
  • Military Coastal Environmental Assessment

Noel R. Urban

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3640
nurban@mtu.edu
306 GLRC

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental cycles of major and trace elements
  • Sediment diagenesis and stratigraphy
  • Chemistry of natural organic matter
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Environmental impact and fate of pollutants
  • Influence of organisms on the chemical environment
  • Role of chemical environment in controlling populations

Pengfei Xue

  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
906-487-1837
pexue@mtu.edu
GLRC 317

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Coupled physical-biological modeling
  • Dynamics of coupled ocean-atmosphere models
  • Ocean data assimilation
  • Estuary and coastal ocean circulation
  • Bio-physical processes in the Great Lakes