Understanding how aquatic ecosystems function
firstname.lastname@example.orgI have wide-ranging interests, including how animals control ecosystem functioning, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, global biogeochemical cycles, fisheries conservation, and links between food and freshwater. My research uses a combination of field-based empirical science and statistical modeling of data to better understand how ecosystems function. A large component of my research involves using geochemical tracers to gain insight into how nutrients and energy flow at local to global scales. See my Google Scholar profile and my UW College of the Environment page.
Freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems contain an amazing diversity of flora and fauna that is often hidden from our view. I am a aquatic community ecologist who studies food web interactions within those systems. My research interests include studying the impacts of dams, invasion ecology, biogeography and conservation biology. To explore these topics, I use a combination of empirical experiments, field surveys, and spatial modeling methods. I am also interested in exploring alternative teaching approaches to communicate science at the university level. Please look at my ResearchGate page to see my most recent work.
The NY Times magazine has a very interesting article on some of the social strife among fishing villages on the Tonle Sap Lake. Check out the drone video of many of our field sites! Link
Sabo et al. 2017 (co-authored by Gordon) ” Designing river flows that improve food security futures in the Lower Mekong Basin” made the cover of Science (link). A UW press release on the paper can be seen here along with a follow up article on our new Mekong Sustainable Livelihoods Project here.
For the fall of 2017, the HEEL is welcoming four new lab members. Lily McGill has joined the lab as part of the QERM program. She will be working with Gordon and Ashley Steel on network models of stream temperature and water isotopes. Liz Elmstrom is a new SAFS M.S. who will be looking atRead more about Four new lab members![…]
Mike Vlah successfully defended his Master’s thesis! He is now Master Mike, and Gordon has graduated his first waffle. Mike’s first chapter was recently published in Ecosystems (link). And…Mike (and Gordon) recently joined the Stream Pulse Project (link). Whew…
Megan Feddern has joined the lab as a new M.S. student. She will work on amino acid compound-specific isotope analysis.
The HEEL hosted an NSF INFEWs workshop Dec. 10-12, 2015 to explore the scientific nexus of Food, Energy, and Water in the Mekong.
Sydney has left us for grad school at Brown. Good luck Syd!
HEEL undergraduate researcher Jordan Lee received a SAFS Faculty Merit Award!
Ben Miller has been awarded a 2015 Boren Fellowship! This fellowship will fund Ben to live in Cambodia for about eight months to both do research and learn the language and culture.