Limnology

November 26, 2013 / By: Leah M. Domine, Ph.D.
  • Role of shallow lakes in regional and global carbon cycling.
  • The biotic and abiotic controls on the metabolic balance of prairie pothole shallow lakes.
  • Decomposition of plants and algae in aquatic environments, and how this relates to carbon burial rate in lake sediments.
  • Physical and chemical characteristics of shallow lakes and how they differ spatially and temporally in macrophyte and algal-dominated wetlands.
  • The influence of fathead minnows and invertebrates on carbon cycling and burial in shallow lakes.

Previous Projects

  • Burial of organic carbon in temperate, shallow lakes.   Funded by the National Science Foundation (with K. Zimmer, K. Theissen, J. Cotner, J. Ramstack,  and M. Edlund)
  • Carbon sequestration in Minnesota’s wetlands:  an important sink with management implications, with J. Cotner (UMN), S. Sugita (UMN), K. Zimmer, and K. Theissen.
  • New and regenerated primary production in a productive reservoir ecosystem, with M. Vanni and W. Renwick (MU).
  • Fish excretion as a source of internal nutrient loading in shallow prairie lakes, with K. Zimmer and B. Herwig (MN DNR).

  

Links:  Science Museum of Minnesota Shallow Lakes page

 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • Domine, L.M. and J.B. Cotner. Factors influencing carbon dioxide flux in prairie pothole shallow lakes under alternative regimes. In progress.
  • Domine, L.M., J.B. Cotner, and K.D. Zimmer. Aquatic metabolism of prairie pothole shallow lakes under alternative trophic regimes. In progress.
  • Hall, E.K., S.E. Jones, E.G. Stets, A.M. Amado, L.M. Domine, A.M Dzialowski, and J.T. Lennon. Empirical drivers of planktonic respiration in inland waters. In progress.
  • Theissen, K.M., W.O. Hobbs, J.M.R. Hobbs, K.D. Zimmer, J.B. Cotner, L.M. Domine, and S. Sugita. 2012. The altered ecology of Lake Christina:  A record of regime shifts, land use change, and management from a temperate shallow lake. Science of the Total Environment 433: 336-346.
  • Domine, L.M., M.J. Vanni, R.W. Renwick, and M.J. González. 2010. New and regenerated production in reservoir ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 278-287.
  • Zimmer, K.D., B.R. Herwig, and L.M. Laurich. 2006. Nutrient excretion by fish in wetland ecosystems and its potential to support algal production. Limnology and Oceanography 51: 197-207.
  • Laurich, L.M., K.D. Zimmer, M.G. Butler, and M.A. Hanson. 2003. Selectivity for zooplankton prey by fathead minnows and brook sticklebacks. Wetlands 23: 416-422.


Presentations (*Undergraduate student presentations)

  • *Boehm MA, *ZB Novazyk, LM Domine, JB Cotner. Prairie Pothole Wetlands are Important Sources of Methane to the Atmosphere. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California. 14 August 2014.
  • *Montes, A., R.E. Rockwell, L.M. Domine, K.D. Zimmer, and J.B. Cotner. Effects of water depth, type of primary producer, and variation among lakes on decomposition rates in shallow lakes. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  Portland, Oregon.  August 2012.
  • *Goding, A.T., D.T. Probst, K.D. Zimmer, L.M. Domine, B.R. Herwig, J.B. Cotner, and W. Hobbs. Consumption of organic carbon from lake sediments by detritivorous fish:  implications for carbon sequestration in shallow lakes. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  Portland, Oregon.  August 2012.
  • Domine, L.M. Carbon storage in prairie pothole wetlands. Citizen Science Research for Teacher Conference. St. Paul, MN, July 2012.
  • *Rockwell, R.E., L.M. Domine, K.D. Zimmer, and J.B. Cotner. Effects of water depth, type of primary producer, and variation among lakes on decomposition rates in shallow lakes. Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Lake Biwa, Otsu, Shiga, Japan. July 2012.
  • Domine, L.M., K.D. Zimmer, and J.B. Cotner. Potential impact of mixing and stratification patterns on carbon burial in macrophyte- and phytoplankton-dominated shallow lakes. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011.
  • *Rockwell, R.E., K.D. Zimmer, L.M. Domine, J.B. Cotner. Effects of Water Depth, Type of Primary Producer, and Variation Among Lakes on Decomposition Rates in Shallow Lakes. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011.
  • *Probst, D.T., A.T. Goding, K.D. Zimmer, L.M. Domine, B.R. Herwig, W. Hobbs, and J.B. Cotner. Consumption of Organic Carbon from Lake Sediments by Detritivorous Fish: Implications for Carbon Sequestration in Shallow Lakes. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011. 
  • Cotner, J.B., L.M. Domine, K.D. Zimmer, W. Hobbs, J.M. Ramstack-Hobbs, and K.M. Theissen. Shallow Lakes and the Global Carbon Cycle. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011. 
  • Hobbs, W., J.M. Ramstack-Hobbs, K.M. Theissen, J.B. Cotner, L.M. Domine, M.B. Edlund, and K.D. Zimmer. Carbon Burial and Ecological Regime Change in a Manipulated Shallow Lake. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011.
  • Domine, L.M., K. Zimmer, and J. Cotner. Are shallow lakes well mixed? Spatial variability may affect carbon burial in macrophyte- and phytoplankton-dominated Prairie Pothole lakes. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Minneapolis, MN. December 2010. 
  • Domine, L.M., K.D. Zimmer, J.B. Cotner. Potential effects of climate change on carbon burial in prairie pothole wetlands. Minnesota’s Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Meeting, Nisswa, MN. March 2010. 
  • Domine, L.M. and J.B. Cotner. Mechanisms influencing carbon sequestration in Prairie Pothole Shallow lakes. American Society for Limnology and Oceanography. St. John’s Bay, Newfoundland Canada. June 2008. 
  • Laurich, L.M. and J.B. Cotner. Mechanisms influencing carbon sequestration in prairie pothole wetlands. Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment Conference. St. Paul, MN, 2007. 
  • Laurich, L.M. and J.B. Cotner. Carbon sequestration in Minnesota’s shallow lakes. Minnesota’s American Fisheries Society Meeting, St. Cloud, MN. March 2007.
  • Laurich, L.M. and J.B. Cotner. Carbon sequestration in Minnesota’s shallow lakes. Minnesota’s Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Alexandria, MN. February 2007. 
  • Laurich, L.M. and M.J. Vanni. The role of detritivorous fish in supporting new phosphorus and production in reservoir ecosystems. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. June 2005.
  • Laurich, L.M., T.J. Krabbenhoft, K.D. Zimmer, M.G. Butler, and M.A. Hanson.  Selectivity of zooplankton prey by fathead minnows and brook sticklebacks. American Fisheries Society Meeting, Fargo, ND.  March 2001. 
  • Laurich, L.M., T.J. Krabbenhoft, K.D. Zimmer, M.G. Butler, and M.A. Hanson. Selectivity of zooplankton prey by fathead minnows and brook sticklebacks. 62nd Annual Fish and Wildlife Conference Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.  December 2000.

 

Student Researchers

Current Student Researchers

 domine lab july 2015

Zac Novaczyk (left)

“What I enjoy about research is the opportunity utilize the education I receive at the University of St. Thomas in a hands on practical way. My favorite aspect of being a research student in definitely the field work. Research allows me to work and learn in ecosystems that are very interesting. Research also has perks like being able to work outside in a canoe on beautiful Minnesota summer days.”

Matt Rohlf (right)

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the creativity of research, in regards to coming up with new and different methods to test a question in which I have interest. Also, I love the collaborative aspect, as I get to interact with many different students and professors throughout the Biology department.” 

 

 domine lab july 2015
 domine lab july 2015

Katie Hoffmann (left)

“I love the balance between being out in the field/getting my hands dirty and doing lab work like prepping and running samples. Plus, I’m able to get to know other students and faculty on a more personal basis, making it a close-knit community!”

Martha Mulugeta (right)

“The great part about research is the ability to learn and grow from hands on experience. I'm excited to work with other students, and better understand the biological differences and characteristics of the lakes we are studying.”

 domine lab july 2015

 domine lab july 2015

Jayme Nelson (left)

“Research in the Domine Lab has provided a great opportunity for me to further develop relationships with the Biology Faculty and my fellow students, while enhancing my skills as a scientist through hands-on learning. I have learned that the research process, from development of methodology to the analysis of data, is much more complex than I had previously thought. I now have a much greater appreciation for the work that goes on behind the scenes in research labs!"

 

 

P‌ast Student Researchers

  • Matt Boehm
  • John Pham
  • Ali Odenthal
  • Ann Goding
  • Adrian Montes
  • Charles Bruschu
  • Elisabeth McHale
  • Dan Probst
  • Rachel Rockwell
  • Vinnie Floeder
  • Ann Kellerman
  • Adam Johannsen
  • Jim Mullen

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