Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry

Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry

Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry

Associate Professor

Science Center 237


Ph.D., University of Maine

I am an aquatic ecologist, interested in lake response to natural and human-caused environmental changes on different spatial and temporal scales.

Teaching Interests

Introductory biology courses, Aquatic ecology, Global Change Biology, Environmental Science courses

Research Interests

Lake ecology; paleolimnology; diatoms; zooplankton; habitat zonations in lakes; saline lakes; harmful algae blooms; water quality; water chemistry; phytoplankton

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Transparency, geomorphology and mixing regime explain variability in trends in lake temperature and stratification across Northeastern North America (1975-2014)," Water (2017).
  • "Investigating potential effects of zooplankton grazing on diatom-inferred drought reconstructions," Hydrobiologia (2017).
  • "High-frequency lake data benefits society through broader engagement with citizens, stakeholders, and decision makers: a synthesis of GLEON data use survey and member experiences," Inland Waters (2016).
  • "Response of temperate lakes to drought: a paleolimnological perspective on the landscape position concept using diatom-based reconstructions," Journal of Paleolimnology (2016).
  • "The influence of basin morphometry on the regional coherence of patterns of diatom-inferred salinity in lakes of the northern Great Plains (USA).," The Holocene (2014).
  • "Dissolved organic matter composition and photoreactivity in prairie lakes of the U.S. Great Plains. ," Limnology and Oceanography (2011).
  • "Multiproxy paleolimnological assessment of biogeochemical versus food web controls on the trophic states of two shallow, mesotrophic lakes. ," Journal of Paleolimnology (2011).
  • "How do UV radiation, temperature, and zooplankton influence the dynamics of alpine phytoplankton communities?," Hydrobiologia (2010).
  • "Effects of nutrients and dissolved organic matter on the response of phytoplankton to ultraviolet radiation: experimental comparison in spring versus summer.," Hydrobiologia (2009).
  • "Phytoplankton productivity across prairie saline lakes of the Great Plains (USA): A step toward deciphering patterns through lake classification models. ," Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (2009).
  • "Patterns of seasonal phytoplankton distribution in prairie saline lakes of the northern Great Plains (U.S.A.). ," Saline Systems (2009).