River Studies

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Examples of previous and ongoing research projects:

  • Landscape factors affecting sensitivity of aquatic ecosystems to atmospheric deposition of mercury and heavy metals.
  • Biogeochemistry of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries.
  • Ecology of extreme aquatic environments.
  • Effects of nitrogen deposition on alpine lakes.
  • Direct and indirect of invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River and its floodplain.
  • 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.
  • Water quality in the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries. 
  • 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.