I am broadly interested in patterns and processes in aquatic ecosystems and how land use change influences processes with these systems. I am particularly interested in how species traits, especially stoichiometric traits, influence structure and function within aquatic systems. My work has focused on the distributions of organisms in stream systems, aquatic food webs, the impact of land use on stream and wetland systems, and consumer-mediated nutrient cycling in stream ecosystems. Please look at my research interests to learn more.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University working with Dr. Alex Flecker on the EVOTRAC project. For EVOTRAC, I will be characterizing functional traits and trait expression of temperate and tropical stream insects across an altitudinal and temperature gradient. I will be using a combination of field observational and mesocosm studies to understand how body stoichiomtery, trophic ecology, threshold elemental ratios, and growth efficiencies will respond under physiological stress due to climate change.
“Water is the most critical issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime.
The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.”
- Luna Leopold -
Address: Email: carlalatkinson[at]gmail.com
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Ithaca, NY 14783