Welcome to my website. Below find posts with interesting links or explore the rest of my website to see my teaching and research interest. I am interested in the following topics aquatic ecosystem ecology; invasive species; technology and aquatic ecosystems; biogeochemistry; lake metabolism; human impacts on streams, rivers, and lakes.
Here are two new data publications out of the Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center (DSRC) in collaboration with my lab. The publications came about as a result of the NSF-funded internship I co-hosted along with the DSRC. This internship is part of the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), a web-based data portal and data infrastructure program that was designed to help support the information produced through environmental research. Our EDI intern, Vanessa Morgan (SUNY NP student), received training on-site at EDI in the beginning of the summer before returning to New Paltz to start working with the DSRC data. Data from the precipitation depths and pH publication are published in Richardson et al. (2018, see Publications).
Mohonk Preserve, C. Belardo, N. Feldsine, A. Forester, P. Huth, E. Long, V. Morgan, M. Napoli, E. Pierce, D. Richardson, D. Smiley, S. Smiley, J. Thompson. 2018. History of Acid Precipitation on the Shawangunk Ridge: Mohonk Preserve Precipitation Depths and pH, 1976 to Present. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/734ea90749e78613452eacec489f419c
We recently held our 4th annual NE GLEON meeting at the Cary Institute, Apr 2018. This conference brings together researchers and students from all over northeastern North America to present science, discuss professional development, plan experiments, and more. Three of my SUNY New Paltz research students, Kayla Reid (Biochemistry ’18), Hailee Edwards (Biology ’18), and Heather Wander (Biology ’18) wrote a post about it for the GLEON blog (click here for the post).
Paul Hanson, GLEON co-chair, said “The blog highlights major landmark achievements over its course of three years and share experiences of the juvenile limnologist whom we will see in the near future representing GLEON and managing lake resources in the world. I hope and bet that you’ll enjoy reading the blog written by Hailee Edwards, Heather Wander and Kayla Reid (undergrad students)…”
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I am the lead author of a new paper titled “Watershed management and underlying geology in three lakes control divergent responses to decreasing acid precipitation,” which was published in the journal Inland Waters. The paper was a collaborative effort between SUNY New Paltz and the Mohonk Preserve. The manuscript included five SUNY New Paltz undergraduate co-authors, all funded through SUNY New Paltz Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA): David Charifson (Biology ’13), Bobbetta Davis (Biology ’16), Matthew Farragher (Environmental Geochemical Sciences ’16), Bryan Krebs (Biology ’15), and Brian Wilcove (Biology ’16).
We examined patterns of acidity in rain and three Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge (Lake Minnewaska, Lake Awosting, and Mohonk Lake). We found that rain water is improving over the last 40 years with decreasing acidity. However, the three lakes have had very different responses despite being close together. Lake Awosting is improving slowly – this matches decreasing rain acidity directly. Mohonk Lake has always been close to neutral because of exposed shale under the lake. Lake Minnewaska gone from acidic to almost neutral because of improving rain acidity and eroding shale recreational trails around the lake. In these lakes and around the world, the rate of recovery from acid rain can affect the return of acid-sensitive freshwater organisms.
Click this link to hear my NPR Academic Minute about warming lakes, based on this paper. “The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world’s toughest problems and to serving the public good.”
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I was a co-host and co-chair of the planning committee for the 19th meeting of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network. ~240 scientists from 31 countries around the world gathered at the Mohonk Mountain House November 2017 to discuss global lake science. See a description of the meeting here:
Led by Dr. Catherine O’Reilly (Illinois State University), a group of collaborators and I published a paper titled “Using large data sets for open-ended inquiry in undergraduate science classrooms” in the journal BioScience. This paper details Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Drive Inquiry and Exploration), a project aimed at getting large and complex data sets into undergraduate classrooms to give them valuable data-analysis skills through . The collaborators developed a series of free modules that can be adapted or adopted in a range of courses, class sizes, and institutions. The paper abstract can be viewed here and the full article can be viewed here.
Lake water across the northeastern North America are warming because of climate change. Lake surfaces are, in fact, warming faster than the air above it likely because of milder winters and less ice cover, and other changes in the region. Deepwater temperatures are not all warming – the spatial distribution of the lakes across our region is important to understanding deepwater trends.
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Led by Jen Klug (Fairfield Univeristy), I am a co-author on a new paper along with Cayelan Carey (Virginia Tech), Rebekka Darner Gougis (Illinois State University) titled: “Analysis of high-frequency and long-term data in undergradate ecology classes improves quantitative literacy.” This paper can be found here in the journal Ecosphere.
The paper is the result of a National Science Foundation sponsored project – Project EDDIE – designed to enhance quantitative learning in the undergraduate classroom. In this study, we focused on undergraduate limnology classes and found that teaching with real-time, high frequency and long-term data sets in our labs increases undergraduates’ quantitative literacy.
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I am pleased to announce our new publication in Aquatic Sciences titled: “Intra- and inter-annual variability in metabolism in an oligotrophic lake.” The abstract and full article are available online, (please click here). The article highlights one of the first analyses of long-term records of lake metabolism from environmental sensor data and focuses on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire.
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