Michael J. Vanni


188 Pearson Hall  (513) 529-3192

Biographical Information

I am interested in the ecology of lakes and streams. Research areas in my lab encompass food webs, community and ecosystem ecology and lake-watershed interactions. Areas of particular interest are the role of animals in recycling and transporting nutrients; ecological stoichiometry; energy flow through food chains and how it is mediated by light and nutrients; long-term response of lakes to land use change; and integrating watersheds and lake ecosystems. My approach includes whole-ecosystem studies, field and lab experiments, and modeling.

Home Page:  http://www.units.miamioh.edu/vannilab/

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Ecology, honors section (Bio 209H)
Limnology (BIO 463/563)
Ecosystem and Global Ecology (BIO 672)

Recent Publications

  1. Schmitz, OJ, PR Raymond, JA Estes, WA Kurz, GW Holtgrieve, ME Ritchie, DE Schindler, AC Spivak, RW Wilson, MA Bradford, V Christansen, L Deegan, V Smetacek, MJ Vanni, and CC Wilmers. 2013. Animating the carbon cycle. Ecosystems. Published online early. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-013-9715-7
  2. Vanni, MJ, G Boros and PB McIntyre. 2013. When are fish and other animals sources vs. sinks of nutrients in ecosystems? Ecology  (to be published in October 2013 issue, available as a preprint: doi.org/10.1890/12-1559.1)
  3. Knoll, LB, MJ Vanni, WH Renwick, EK (Cable) Ditman and JA Gephart. 2013. Temperate reservoirs are large carbon sinks and small CO2 sources: Results from high-resolution carbon budgets. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27:52-64. doi: 10.1002/gbc.20020
  4. Mette, EM, MJ Vanni, JM Newell and MJ González. 2011. Phytoplankton communities and stoichiometry are interactively affected by light, nutrients, and fish. Limnology and Oceanography 56(6):1959-1975. doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.6.1959
  5. Vanni, MJ, WH Renwick, AM Bowling, MJ Horgan and AD Christian. 2011. Nutrient stoichiometry of linked catchment-lake systems along a gradient of land use. Freshwater Biology 56:791-811. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02436.x