Walter K. Dodds, University Distinguished Professor


Contact information

113 Bushnell Hall
(785) 532-6998

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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., J.P. Guinnip, A.E. Schechner, P.J. Pfaff, and D.J. Smith. 2021. Fate and toxicity of engineered nanomaterials in the environment: A meta-analysis. Science of The Total Environment 796:148843.

Dodds, W.K., K.C. Rose, S. Fei, and S. Chandra. 2021. Macrosystems revisited: challenges and successes in a new subdiscipline of ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 19:4-10.

Cunha, D.G.F., N.R. Finkler, N. Gómez, J. Cochero, J.L. Donadelli, W.A. Saltarelli, M.d.C. Calijuri, A.C. P. Miwa, F. Tromboni, W.K. Dodds, I.G. Boëchat, B. Gücker, and S.A. Thomas. 2020. Agriculture influences ammonium and soluble reactive phosphorus retention in South American headwater streams. Ecohydrology 13:e2184.

Dodds, W.K., L.H. Zeglin, R.J. Ramos, T.G. Platt, A. Pandey, T. Michaels, M. Masigol, A.M. L. Klompen, M.C. Kelly, A. Jumpponen, E. Hauser, P.M. Hansen, M.J. Greer, N. Fattahi, C.S. Delavaux, R.K. Connell, S. Billings, J.D. Bever, N. Barua, and F.B. Agusto. 2020. Connections and Feedback: Aquatic, Plant, and Soil Microbiomes in Heterogeneous and Changing Environments. Bioscience 70:548-562.

Grudzinski, B., K. Fritz, and W. Dodds. 2020. Does Riparian Fencing Protect Stream Water Quality in Cattle-Grazed Lands? Environmental Management 66:121-135.

Dodds, W.K. and M.R. Whiles. 2019. Freshwater Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology (3rd ed.). Academic Press. 998 pp

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