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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, W.K., F. Tromboni, W.A. Saltarelli, and D.G. Fernandes Cunha. 2017. The root of the problem: Direct influence of riparian vegetation on estimation of stream ecosystem metabolic rates. Limnology and Oceanography Letters 2:9-17.

Follstad Shah, J., J. Kominoski, M. Ardon, W. Dodds, M. Gessner, N. Griffiths, C. Hawkins, A. Lecerf, C. LeRoy, D. Manning, S. Johnson, A. Rosemond, R. Sinsabaugh, C. Swan, J.Webster, and L. Zeglin. 2017. Global synthesis of the temperature sensitivity of leaf litter breakdown in streams and rivers. Global Change Biology. 2033:3064-3075

Siders, A.C., D.M. Larson, J. Rüegg, and W.K. Dodds. 2017. Probing whole-stream metabolism: influence of spatial heterogeneity on rate estimates. Freshwater Biology 62:711-723.

Cunha, D.G.F., W.K. Dodds, and L.P. Sabogal-Paz. 2016. Land use influence on raw surface water quality and treatment costs for drinking supply in São Paulo State (Brazil). Ecological Engineering 94:516-524 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.06.063

Dodds, W.K. and V.H. Smith. 2016. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Eutrophication in Streams. Inland Waters 6:155-164

Larson, D.M., Dodds, W.K., Whiles, M.R., Fulgoni, J.N. and Thompson, T.R. 2016. A before-and-after assessment of patch-burn grazing and riparian fencing along headwater streamsJournal of Applied Ecology 53: 1543–1553. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12692

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.

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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