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Division of Biology

Walter K. Dodds, University Distinguished Professor


Contact information

113 Bushnell Hall
(785) 532-6998

Lab website: http://www.ksu.edu/doddslab


Ph.D., 1986, University of Oregon. Aquatic Ecology.

Area(s) of Specialization

Water quality, nutrient cycling, nutrient criteria, value of water, nitrogen cycling.

Research Focus

To gain a general understanding of aquatic ecology, particularly with respect to how basic science is related to water quality and conservation. My central area of emphasis has been trophic state of rivers and streams as influenced by biotic and abiotic factors. Nutrient cycling, highlighting nitrogen, has been a focus in my laboratory. Recent efforts have also been directed toward providing a scientific basis for establishment of nutrient criteria in streams, valuation of aquatic ecosystem services, scaling predictions of ecological measurements, broad geographic patterns in aquatic habitats, and prairie stream ecology.

Selected Publications

Dodds WK, et. al. 2014. You are not always what we think you eat: selective assimilation across multiple whole-stream isotopic tracer studies. Ecology. 95:2757–2767.

Larson DM, Grudzinski BP, Dodds WK, Daniels MD, Skibbe A, Joern A. 2013. Blazing and grazing: influences of fire and bison on tallgrass prairie stream water quality. Freshwater Science 32:779-791.

Reisinger AJ, Blair JM, Rice CR, Dodds WK. 2013. Woody vegetation removal stimulates riparian and benthic denitrification in tallgrass prairie. Ecosystems. 16: 545-560.

Riley AJ, Dodds WK. 2013. Whole-stream metabolism: strategies for measurement and modeling diel trends of dissolved oxygen. Freshwater Science 32:56-69.

Whiles MR, Hall,RO Jr., Dodds WK, et al. 2013. Disease-driven amphibian declines alter ecosystem functioning in tropical streams. Ecosystems 16:146–157.

Dodds, WK, et. al 2012. Surprises and insights from long-term aquatic datasets and experiments. BioScience 62:709-721

Dodds WK. 2009. Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology. University of California Press.

Dodds WK. 2008. Humanity's Footprint. Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment. University of Columbia Press.

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