Integrating littoral zone dynamics into our understanding of lake ecosystems is a primary focus of research in the Vadeboncoeur lab. We are particularly interested in the contributions of littoral attached algae (periphyton) to whole lake carbon and nutrient budgets as well as the incorporation of periphyton into food webs. Our main study lakes are in northern Wisconsin and east Africa, but we have also studied lakes in Greenland, Denmark, Quebec, and California, USA. In addition to periphyton, fish and benthic macroinvertebrates figure prominently in our research. Ongoing projects include analyses of the distribution of darters in Ohio streams and the spatial distribution of fish and invertebrates in the large lakes of the world. These projects all have
Putting the Lake Back Together: The role of littoral production in north temperate
lakes. Collaborator: Jake Vander Zanden.
Graduate Student: Shawn Devlin.
Borders of Biodiversity: Life at the edge of the worlds great lakes. Collaborators: Pete McIntyre, University of Michigan, and Jake Vander Zanden , University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Fish of Sisyphus: The role of fish and periphyton in the nutrient cycles of the Lake Tanganyika littoral ecosystem. Collaborators: Pete McIntyre, University of Michigan, Claire de Mazancourt and Michel Loreau, McGill University. Graduate Students: Brianne Kelly, Sam Drerup.
Ohio Stream Fishes: Graduate Students: Chad Schwinnen, Erin Kingdom.
GLEON Spatial Heterogeneity Working Group: Collaborators: GLEON; Erik Jeppesen, National Environmental Research Institute and University of Aarhus, Denmark.