Dr. Matthew Waters
B. S. Environmental Science, Mercer University
M. S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Fellow Environmental Science, University of South Florida
BIOL 1010 Evolution and Diversity
BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
BIOL 4010 Stream Ecology
BIOL 4700 Limnology
My research is in the fields of aquatic ecology and paleolimnology (history of lake systems). Aquatic ecosystems are a limited and invaluable resource that can be altered by environmental and anthropogenic stressors. Climate change, nutrient loading, wetland drainage, dam removal, and other modifications significantly alter aquatic ecosystem function. Frequently, one of the first responses to aquatic ecosystem stress is a change in the primary producer community (algae, cyanobacteria and macrophytes). Consequently, the primary focus of my research is to understand historic and current responses of primary producer community structure to climatic and anthropogenic stress. Projects integrate intensive field research with complimentary laboratory experimentation, photosynthetic pigment analysis and organic matter analysis to examine how primary producer community structure can be used to infer ecosystem change as well as forecast future aquatic ecosystem states.
Waters, M. N., J. M. Smoak and C. J. Saunders. In prep. Reconstructing primary producercommunities in WCA2A (Florida Everglades) in relation to phosphorus and hydroperiod.Waters, M. N., M. F. Piehler, J. M. Smoak and T. S. Bianchi. Submitted: Limnology and Oceanography. Historic phytoplankton community responses to dystrophication of a shallow lake.
Gu, B, C. L. Schelske and M. N. Waters. 2010. Patterns and controls of carbon stable isotope composition of particulate organic matter in subtropical lakes. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 178: 29-41.
Gu, B, C. L. Schelske and M. N. Waters. 2010. Patterns and Controls of Seasonal Variability of Carbon Stable Isotopes of Particulate Organic Matter in Lakes. Oecologia DOI 10.1007/s00442-010-1888-6.
Waters, M. N., M. F. Piehler, J. M. Smoak and C. S. Martens. 2010. The development and persistence of alternative ecosystem states in a large, shallow lake. Freshwater Biology. 50: 1249-1261.
Sanders, C. J., J. M. Smoak, M. N. Waters, S. R. Patchineelam, L. M. Sanders and M. E. Ketterer. 2010. Intertidal mangrove mudflat 240+239Pu signatures, confirming a 210Pb geochronology on the southeastern coast of Brazil. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 283: 593-596.
Campbell, J., M. N. Waters, A. Tarter and J. Jackson. 2010. Heavy metal analysis of American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) in the Charleston, South Carolina region. Journal of Wildlife Disease. 46: 1234-1241.
Waters, M. N., M. F. Piehler, J. M. Smoak, A. B. Rodriguez and T. S. Bianchi. 2009. Shallow lake trophic status linked to late Holocene climate and human impacts. Journal of Paleolimnology 42: 51-64.
Waters, M. N., C. L. Schelske, W. F. Kenney and A. D. Chapman. 2005. The use of sedimentary algal pigments to infer historic algal communities in Lake Apopka, Florida. Journal of Paleolimnology 33: 53-71.
Kenney, W. F., M. N. Waters, C. L. Schelske and M. Brenner. 2002. Sediment records of phosphorus-driven shifts to phytoplankton dominance in shallow Florida lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology 27: 367-377.