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
FacultyAreas of Interest
Chrysophyte algae; Algal Systematics; Algal Culturing
Limnology; Engineering approaches to lake and river management; Mathematical modeling of surface water quality
Fish Biology; Zooplankton ecology; Limnology; Conservation Biology
Limnology of the Great Lakes; Primary productivity; Phytoplankton dunamics; Laurentian Great Lakes
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.
Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis
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
Soil carbon; Plant/soil relationships; Decomposition; Dissolved organic carbon; Wildfire; Black carbon
Aquatic Ecology; Paleoecology
Limnology; Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers; Biogeochemistry
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
Landscape ecology; Conservation Biology; Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Sustainability science
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
Phycology - Physiological and Quantitative Ecology; Coastal Marine, Estuarine/Wetland Biology and Limnology; Univariate and Multivariate Statistics, Experimental Design; Environmental Modeling
Air and Water Quality; Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals; Micrometeorology; Environmental Analytical Chemistry; Sustainability
Aquatic ecology; Aquatic-terrestrial links; Conservation and management of aquatic systems; Long-term monitoring
Hydrodynamic modeling of the Great Lakes and other coastal regions including theoretical, numerical, and observational investigations of circulation, thermal structure, seiches, storm surges, wind waves, and air-sea interaction; Applications of hydrodynamic modeling to water quality problems, including transport of bacteria from tributary sources to swimming beaches and predictive tracking of algal blooms
Oceanic Sciences/Natural Resources; AR, MS, and Photo-imaging Applied to Oceanography; Earth Resources; Military Coastal Environmental Assessment
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
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
Remote Sensing and GIS applications in freshwater aquatic ecosystem; Population dynamics (predator-prey, competition, parasitism); Lower food-web (zooplankton, phytoplankton) in lakes