|I am a limnologist and aquatic ecologist. My research interests include food-web interactions -- particularly those involving zooplankton and planktivorous fish -- and nutrient export in watersheds. I have used manipulative experiments (laboratory, in situ mesocosm, and whole-lake) and descriptive studies (comparative, regional, spatially-referenced) to answer questions about the impact of predatory cladocerans, the response of alpine lakes to fish stocking, the biogeography of zooplankton species, the morphological and behavioral response of zooplankton to predatory invertebrates, and the causes of poor larval perch recruitment in Lake Michigan.|
I have 3 current research projects:
An examination of nursery habitats for larval fish in the St. Clair and Detroit rivers
A study of the feeding behavior and diet of the invasive crustacean, Hemimysis anomala
An investigation into the ecological requirements of wild rice ( Zizania aquatica)
As director of the Michigan Water Research Center at Central Michigan University, I oversee several comprehensive studies of nutrient input to lakes and streams in Michigan. Each funded study provides undergraduate and graduate students with valuable laboratory and field experience.