Welcome to the Dodds Lab at K-State!
Established in 1990, this freshwater ecology laboratory has been involved in a wide range of types of aquatic research aiming to gain a general understanding of aquatic ecology. The group has particularly emphasized how basic science is related to water quality and conservation. Areas of research include, trophic state of rivers and streams as influenced by biotic and abiotic factors, nutrient cycling (highlighting nitrogen), and grassland stream ecology. 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, and broad geographic patterns in aquatic habitats. Over the years, more than 20 graduate students, 8 postdoctoral associates, and over 30 undergraduate researchers have participated in establishing a successful and productive laboratory.