Students and Post-docs
Nick Skaff, PhD (2013-2018)
Nick’s research evaluates how the composition and configuration of aquatic habitats influence broad-scale mosquito-borne disease transmission. He also works with two large collaborative research groups, GLEON and CSI Limnology, to determine the ways in which climate, and terrestrial and aquatic landscape structure influence the chemical and biological properties of lakes at regional and continental scales.
Joe Stachelek, PhD (2016-present)
Joe’s background is in coastal marine ecology with a particular focus on salt marsh, mangrove, and seagrass ecosystems. To date, his research has focused on the application of data-intensive computation and modelling to inform water resources management in Texas and Florida. To that end, he has developed a number of software tools and R packages to facilitate high-throughput access to environmental databases. His research at MSU is a continuation of some of these themes with a specific focus on examining the nature of landscape features and the extent to which they are related to lake properties across a variety of spatial scales. He enjoys teaching programming through his involvement in the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry organizations. In particular, he serves as a maintainer for the Data Carpentry GIS-with-R lesson materials.
Katelyn King, PhD (2016-present)
Katelyn’s interested in the surface connections between lakes, streams, and wetlands. Specifically, she is studying how these connections affect freshwater ecosystem state and health patterns over large spatial scales. Prior to starting at MSU, Katelyn worked for 4 years as a Bioprocessing Engineer for a pharmaceutical company in Virginia. She worked on large scale cellular fermentation, recovery of cellular proteins, and protein purification through chromatography. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She performed undergraduate research in the Rappahannock River, studying fish species richness and recovery of the American Shad population after re-stocking efforts.
Ian McCullough, Post-doc (2017-present)
Ian is a landscape ecologist particularly interested in the role of climate change on ecological patterns and processes across space. His research is not tied to a particular system; he has worked extensively with both forests and lakes using a combination of field observations, experiments and modeling. Ian’s research is inherently interdisciplinary, having integrated principles and methods from ecology, geography, limnology, climatology and hydrology. In addition, Ian is particularly interested in synthesizing existing long-term datasets to address novel questions at large spatial scales.
Autumn Poisson, Project Manager
Autumn is the project manager on the Continental Limnology project, which aims to create a water quality database of the continental US. She is involved with project planning, implementing and tracking project and team activities, setting up and facilitating meetings, gathering and sharing data, communicating information, and working with team members on related research. Her research interest include understanding coastal processes in the face of climate change and how to best mitigate the challenges presented.
Nicole Smith, GIS Analyst.
Nicole is the GIS Analyst for the Continental Limnology project. She uses Python and R programming to automate GIS processing steps leading to the creation of metrics and watersheds included in the GEO module of the LAGOS lakes database. She also writes and maintains metadata relating to this module, creates maps and visualizations, and leads the sub-team working on this portion of the database.
Katherine Webster, Affiliate Faculty
Kath is a landscape limnologist with a longterm research interest in understanding how hydrogeomorphic features shape lake characteristics across broad spatial extents and, particularly, how they influence the response of lakes to stressors ranging from acid rain to nutrient enrichment. Her role in the Continental Limnology project is to contribute to the development of the GEO module of the LAGOS-US database.
Alex Blair, Student GIS Technician
Claire Boudreau, Student Research Assistant
Ellie Phillips, Student Research Assistant