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; Fish movement patterns and community dynamics; Aquatic-terrestrial links; Vernal pool ecosystems; Effects of human impacts on aquatic systems
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