Research from Miami’s Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences recognized in "The Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of Limnology and Oceanography"
By Susan Meikle, university news and communications
Mike Vanni, professor of biology, collects samples from Acton Lake with Kevin Lash (Miami '16) a 2015 undergraduate summer scholar and a current graduate student in biology (photo by Jeff Sabo).
Scientists from Miami’s Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences (CAWS) are well-represented in the first-ever virtual issue of Limnology and Oceanography, “The Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of L&O.”
The recently-published collection celebrates 60 years of the journal by bringing together 60 of the most-cited papers published in Limnology and Oceanography.
As reflected by the extent of citation, “these top 60 papers are truly the choice of the community,” the journal’s editor-in-chief said. “This is an extraordinary collection that any practitioner or student of aquatic sciences will want to read.”
The journal stresses both marine and freshwater systems. The top 60 papers reflect this, with topics common to both fresh and ocean waters and with papers addressing flowing waters, lakes, estuaries, coastal seas and deep ocean systems.
James Oris, associate provost for research and scholarship and dean of the Graduate School at Miami, said "International recognition like this points to the impact and importance of the work of some of Miami's finest researchers in aquatic ecology."
"It is a fitting recognition, and I am proud to represent the research community at Miami and be a part of the Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences," said Oris, who is also University Distinguished Professor of Biology and an environmental toxicologist and a leading authority on the ecological toxicology of organic chemicals in aquatic systems.
Miami researchers are co-authors on these top-cited papers:
- “The attenuation of solar UV radiation in lakes and the role of dissolved organic carbon.” Dec. 1995, by Donald Morris, et. al. Miami co-authors include Craig Williamson, professor of biology and Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology, and Robert Moller, research scientist (deceased).
- "Lakes and reservoirs as regulators of carbon cycling and climate.” Nov. 2009, by Lars Tranvik, et. al. Miami co-authors include Lesley Knoll, (Miami Ph.D. ’11); Erin Overholt (Miami MS, MAT ’01), research associate, biology; Bill Renwick, professor emeritus of geography; and Michael Vanni, professor of biology.
Lake Tahoe research team, 2006, with Jim Oris (left), Craig Williamson (center) and Andrew Tucker (Miami Ph.D. '11). Emerald Lake study site in background.
This paper was the result of an international conference co-convened by Craig Williamson on "Lakes as Sentinels, Integrators, and Regulators of Climate Change." The conference proceedings were published as a special issue of Limnology and Oceanography in 2009, on which Williamson was the lead convening editor.
About the Center for Watershed and Aquatic Sciences
The Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences promotes research and education on the linkages between watersheds and aquatic ecosystems.
CAWS brings together faculty, students and staff from nearly 10 departments in a collaborative environment to address questions related to watersheds and aquatic ecosystems.