Kyle Christianson, Post doctoral Researcher, Johnson lab
Research interests: aquatic ecology, limnology, mountain lakes, climate change

I am an aquatic ecologist with a strong focus on the physical limnology of mountain lakes. Broadly, I am interested in how climate change and large-scale landscape alterations (think forest fire, drought, flooding, glacial melt) are influencing the physical processes within mountain lakes, ie: temperature, stratification, mixing, ice phenology, oxygen dynamics. Further, I am curious as to how these physical changes drive biological processes, such as production, zooplankton composition, and fish habitat suitability. I employ both mechanistic and empirical modeling approaches to broaden our insight to future change.

I received my PhD in 2019 from Colorado State University, where I studied a remote set of lakes in north-central Colorado. Outside of aquatic ecology research, I simply enjoy spending time with my family around water fishing, kayaking, boating, and swimming.