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Research Associate                                                                    Check out these links to my experience with the NSF-Research Ambassador Program:
Marine Science Institute                                                                     Talking with pre-schoolers about the joys of studying mud!                                                                          
University of Texas                                                                                            An overview of my experience with the RAP                                                                                                            
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, Texas 78373  
Email: dbruesew@gmail.com
Phone: +1 361.749.6826                                                                         

My research interests are in ecosystem ecologybiogeochemistry and aquatic ecologyThe breadth of my experience in aquatic  ecology ranges from headwater streams, large rivers, lakes, and coastal ecosystems. My work in a variety of aquatic ecosystems crosses traditional disciplinary barriers, allowing me to draw parallels between ongoing work in stream ecology, limnology and estuarine ecology. As a result, I often apply techniques that are traditionally used in one of these sub-disciplines to different aquatic ecosystems to answer questions relating to invasive species, land use, and ecosystem management. 

I am originally from Rockford, Illinois.  I graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Biology from Winona State University in Winona, MN.  I examined competition between zebra mussels and hydropsychid caddisflies in the Upper Mississippi River with Dr. Mike Delong at the Large River Studies Center for my undergraduate thesis.  After graduation, I worked at the USGSUpper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in LaCrosse, WI.  I was a research technician on the 'N-team' with Dr. William Richardson and Dr. Eric Strauss. We examined seasonal nitrogen cycling in Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River.  I came to the University of Notre Dame in the Fall of 2002 to work with Dr. Jen Tank.  My postdoctoral research in New Zealand with Dr. David Hamilton examined how recent increases in agriculture and subsequent nutrient pollution alters nitrogen and carbon cycling in the Rotorua Lakes. Most recently, I am examining N cycling and ecosystem metabolism in rivers and coastal bays of South Texas. The goal of this project is to develop a pilot water quality management program for Gulf of Mexico bays in cooperation with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and the US EPA. This project has also provided me with the opportunity to learn many powerful techniques for measuring nitrogen cycling with Dr. Wayne Gardner.