Professor and Co-director
Soranno is co-director of the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab in MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and she is currently serving as Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (2019 – present). She is the founding editor-in-chief for the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s newest open-access journal, Limnology & Oceanography Letters.
Soranno is a landscape limnologist, that is, a freshwater scientist who studies the multi-scaled spatial and temporal drivers of aquatic chemistry and biology. She is also a macrosystems ecologist and conducts research to develop concepts, approaches, and datasets needed to foster the development of data-intensive approaches in ecology. She enjoys crossing disciplinary boundaries to solve complex problems that benefit from a diversity of perspectives and approaches. She also conducts research about the contemporary practice of environmental science, including the emerging dominance of team-based research, open science, and data-intensive approaches. All of her research is collaborative and most of it is conducted within the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab. See the following links on this website for: research products including publications, research themes, and primers related to the work that they do in this lab.
Soranno has also been actively involved in working towards making scientific publishing more inclusive through innovative strategies that engage a broader range of individuals in scientific publishing through open access journals, early-career publishing fellowship models, and analysis of people engaged in editing.
Patricia A. Soranno, PhD
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife*, Michigan State University
Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office: 334D Natural Resources Building
*Currently serving as Division Director at the NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure.