The members of the Data Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab at Michigan State University study inland lakes and their landscapes by the thousands. The lab, created in 2016, is co-directed by Drs. Patricia Soranno and Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Professors in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
Our lab includes a highly collaborative group of researchers working together to conduct research in landscape limnology and macrosystems ecology, with special focus on developing the critical underlying principles of thes emerging subdisciplines, and applying those principles to the management and conservation of freshwater resources.
Landscape limnology is the spatially-explicit study of lakes, streams, and wetlands as they interact with freshwater, terrestrial, and human landscapes to determine the effects of pattern on ecosystem processes across temporal and spatial scales.
The Data Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab conducts research at a variety of spatial and temporal scales and on a variety of lake physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. To conduct this research, we have benefited from collaborations with other sub-disciplines and disciplines including: stream and wetland scientists to study the integrated freshwater landscape; computer scientists and statisticians to develop and test novel methods to study ecosystems at these macroscales; and, philosophers and historians of science that consider the cultures and practices of open science and team science.