- Biological — Microbial — Community structures and dynamics
- Biological — Invasive Species — Impacts (ecological and economic)
- Biological — General Community Structures — Whole system community dynamics and modeling
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Bachelors students
- Masters / PhD students
Research: Zebra mussels are native to the Ponto-Caspian basin. Human activity has dispersed them to freshwater systems around the world. Their invasion has been linked to significant shifts in composition and functioning of phytoplankton (including Cyanobacteria) and zooplankton communities. Little is known regarding impacts on the remainder (and majority of) bacterioplankton. We are interested how zebra and quagga mussel invasion impacts (1) bacterially mediated geochemical cycling in the water column and benthic zones of lakes (2) the rise and demise of HABs, and (3) food web connectivity between the microbial and higher food web.