Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Assistant Professor of Biology

Lakes can be heavily influenced by what happens in their watersheds. Land use patterns, changes in the dominant vegetation, and anthropogenic impacts all have an effect on lake biogeochemistry and food webs. At the same time, internal and biological processes in lakes can sometimes be more important than external influences. Dr. Kelly uses a combination of field surveys and mathematical modeling to study the relative roles of watershed characteristics and internal physical and biological processes in regulating lake nutrients and food web productivity.

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