Image: Boulder Reservoir by Richard Saxon

We measure the amount and character of dissolved organic matter from diverse ecosystems, especially aquatic ones. We often combine our lab data with field-scale experiments and modeling to understand of the interactions between hydrologic, chemical and biological processes in controlling the dynamics of these systems.

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Diane McKnight
Director

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Natalie Aranda
Grad student

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Jared Collins
Grad student

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Lauren Magliozzi
​Grad student

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Tanya Petach
Grad student

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Mia Vanderwilt
​Grad student

  • Garrett Rue, PhD 2019
  • Alia Lauren Khan, NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • Maggie Burns, MA 2014 in Geography; now Hydrologist
  • Rachel Gabor, PhD 2013 in Environmental Studies
  • Jessica Ebert, MS 2012

Contact & services

Diane McKnight

Major equipment includes

  • Shimadzu TOC analyzer
  • Antec 9000 DON analyzer
  • Agilent 8453 spectrophotometer
  • FluroMax2 fluorometer
  • fractionation columns
  • Ulter-filtration

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Josh Darling kneels to sample algal mats from a rocky meltwater stream in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica

Josh Darling kneels to sample algal mats from a rocky meltwater stream near Canada Glacier in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica

Researcher in shorts and a backpack stands on the grassy shore of an alpine lake within a rocky catchment

Researcher on the grassy shoreline of an alpine lake in the Rocky Mountains.


Publications

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