- Biological — General Community Structures — Food web ecology
- Biological — General Community Structures — Whole system community dynamics and modeling
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Bachelors students
- Masters / PhD students
Dr. Kerfoot's laboratory specializes on the food web structure, ecology and paleoecology of lake communities. Recent projects in the laboratory include: 1) studies of the exotic spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus), a 3-year project ($300K) funded by the National Park Service; 2) developing a large ($7M) stamp sand restoration project in Grand (Big) Traverse Bay, Lake Superior; in collaboration with US Army Corps of Engineers; 3) continuing work on late winter blooms associated with ice loss in the Great Lakes and quagga mussel effects in Lake Michigan. The latter studies partly supported a PhD graduate student and include a chapter of his thesis. Publications included a recent paper in Limnology & Oceanography (on the "doughnut" winter bloom) and an award-winning (Chandler-Meisner Award) publication in Journal of Great Lakes Research on how quagga mussels are making the "doughnut" disappear.