I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, working with Dr. Rick Relyea as part of the Jefferson Project at Lake George. The Jefferson Project is an interdisciplinary effort among university researchers, industry experts, and policy advocates to develop novel methods for studying threats to lake ecosystems. For the last three years, I have conducted experiments to test how anthropogenic stressors such as salinization, climate change, and invasive species affect freshwater communities. I have also been studying the consequences of urban developments on lake food webs by surveying the chemistry, algae, zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates at dozens of locations across Lake George, NY. I am working with researchers at IBM, using machine-learning to develop and test niche models of invasive species. These niche models will be used to understand the potential impact that invasive species have on freshwater food webs, and to estimate how human activities affect the niche breadth of invasive species.

Email: matt.s.schuler@gmail.com