Aquatic Ecology

Electrofishing in a Maryland streamResearch emphasis in the Aquatic Ecology AOS includes the study of the interrelationships between living freshwater organisms and their environment, as defined by a variety of chemical and physical conditions that are subject to modification by natural processes and human influences.

Major issues include the effects of atmospheric deposition and land use/land cover change on stream, lake, and wetland ecosystems, population dynamics of aquatic organisms, relationships between community structure and functioning, and conservation biology.

Examples of recent and ongoing research in Aquatic Ecology: