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  • Research

    Examples of previous and ongoing research projects:

    • Landscape factors affecting sensitivity of aquatic ecosystems to atmospheric deposition of mercury and heavy metals.
    • Ecology of extreme aquatic environments.
    • Effects of nitrogen deposition on alpine lakes.
    • Oral histories from the Upper Mississippi River region.
    • Comparative history of hydrological development of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers.
    • Ecological restoration of mercury-contaminated landscapes.
    • Wetland delineation.
    • Amphibian deformations.
    • Using GIS technology to describe urban sprawl and landscape patterns.
    • Distribution abundance of benthic invertebrates, algae, bacteria, aquatic macrophytes, zooplankton and fish in the Upper Mississippi River.
    • Ecological effects of landscape transformation and watershed disturbance on lotic communities.
    • Contamination, bioaccumulation, and biogeochemistry of mercury and other potentially toxic metals in aquatic ecosystems.
    • Toxicant effects on structure and function of aquatic communities and behavior of fish and invertebrates.
    • Applications of molecular techniques to studying aquatic microbial processes.
    • Effects of commercial and recreational navigation on the resuspension and transport of sediments in the Upper Mississippi River.
    • Ecology and pathogenesis of fish parasites.
    • Effects of bacterial and viral pathogens on feral and hatchery fish.
    • Environmental, social and cultural history of the Upper Mississippi River valley.