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Jennie Brentrup

I’m a Ph.D. student at Miami University in the ecology, evolution, and environmental biology program. Broadly, I’m interested in determining the drivers of transparency changes in lakes due to the effects of alterations in DOC dynamics from climate related responses. My particular research focus is on how changes in DOC inputs affect aquatic food webs. I’m also actively involved in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and currently a co-chair of the student association. Outside of school, I enjoy nordic skiing and mountain biking.

Jessica Corman

My research focuses on understanding how biotic and abiotic processes influence nutrient cycling. Specific projects include studying microbial interactions with calcium carbonate deposition in streams, urban biogeochemistry, and eutrophication of a tropical lake.

Hilary Dugan

Current research: I study permanently ice-covered lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. I’m interested in long-term sensor data and reconstructing past hydrological conditions in the Valleys. Supervisor: Peter Doran, University of Illinois at Chicago. Past research: Long term development and recent dynamics of coastal basins in the Canadian High Arctic. Supervisor: Scott Lamoureux, Queen’s University, Kingston ON.

Amy Hetherington

I’m a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Overall, my graduate research focuses on understanding climatic impacts on the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of lake ecosystems and recommending watershed management practices for mitigating these impacts. For my Master of Science, I applied a Dynamic Reservoir Simulation Model to understand the impacts of climate change on the thermodynamics of Oneida Lake in Central New York, USA. Since 2011, I’ve been involved with GLEON actively participating in the Climate and Lake Physics and Ecosystem Modeling working groups, graduate student association, and project tracker initiative.

Prior to graduate school, I worked as an international management consultant for 10+ years assisting the public and private sectors adapt to change globally. Specifically, I worked with state environmental agencies in assessing federal and state permitting, compliance, and enforcement regulations for air, water, waste and also global pharmaceutical companies in evaluating international pharmaceutical regulations affecting human health. My work with tens of Fortune 100 companies and governments spanned approximately 100 countries.

Aline Jaimes

Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science and Engineering. University of Texas at El Paso. My dissertation focuses on understanding and scaling patterns and controls of land-atmosphere carbon, water and energy exchange in a Chihuahuan Desert shrubland using novel cyberinfrastructure. My research interests are macrosystems biology, team science and outreach.

Emily Nodine

I am currently a PhD candidate in biology at Florida International University. My dissertation is on phytoplankton dynamics in response to hurricanes and paleo applications. For my Master’s degree, I looked at health indicators in coral reef ecosystems. I am especially interested in disturbance ecology on different time scales.

Sam Oliver

I’m a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’m part of a large project ( working to identifying cross-scale interactions that drive nutrient dynamics in lakes. I previously received my master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth studying zooplankton nutrient regeneration in Lake Superior. I’m broadly interested in food webs and how nutrients move through aquatic systems via the biotic community. I’m also interested in the role that physical lake features (size, mixing, connectedness) play in creating variability between lakes (trophic status, biodiversity, etc).

Vijay Patil

Current research: I am a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, investigating the response of boreal wetlands to widespread lake drying and permafrost degradation. Previous work: I earned my Masters in biology at the University of Alberta studying hoary marmot population dynamics. My thesis examined the population-level implications of social strategies for winter survival. Research interests: Arctic ecology, climate change, population and ecosystem modeling.

Arianto Santoso

I am currently doing my PhD research under The University of Waikato, New Zealand, dealing with greenhouse gas emissions from New Zealnd’s lakes. I did my master study at the University of Bremen, Germany, and investigated nutrients and organic carbon flux in a coastal lagoon in Indonesia for my master project.
Currently, I am also still engaged with Research Center for Limnology, Indonesian Institute for Sciences, as a junior scientist.

Kirsten Winters

PhD candidate; Environmental Science; Oregon State University. GRA: creating visual analytics software tool with ecologists and computer scientists working in the HJ Andrews research forest. Past work at OSU: research with Oregon Sea Grant in coastal communities evaluating risk perception and related policy implications, especially as communities prepare for coastal hazards.

Richard Iestyn Woolway

I am a PhD student in aquatic physics at University College London, investigating the high resolution coherence in lake dynamics. I gained my Masters degree in physical oceanography in 2011 from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University. My thesis focused on internal wave physics in a temperate lake from acoustic measurements. Research interests: climate change, aquatic biogeochemical modelling.

Jake Zwart

I’m a PhD student at the University of Notre Dame and I am currently investigating terrestrial carbon influences on lakes.