Rivers are among the most extensively altered ecosystems on earth. About 60% of the worldwide large river basins are now affected by irrigation, urban development, navigation and energy production dams. Many countries recognize the negative consequences of these impoundments and are now actively removing dams. For my post-doc research here at Karlstad, I will use my expertise in stable isotopes to look at river connectivity and the implications of dam removal on river ecosystems. There are several possible facets to be addressed, including fishing, population genetics, and nutrient transfer from marine to freshwater to terrestrial ecosystems. Stay tuned for more developments coming soon!
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Bowes, R.E., B.T. Martin, E.R. Arsenault, F. deNoyelles, Jr., and J.H. Thorp (2017). Not all depths are created equal: deep water algae layers influence zoobenthos in stratified lakes. Inland Waters, In Review.
Bowes, R.E., J.H. Thorp, and D.C. Reuman (2017). Multidimensional metrics of niche space for use with diverse analytical techniques. Nature Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep41599.
Thorp, J.H., and R.E. Bowes (2017). Carbon sources in riverine food webs — new evidence from amino acid isotopic techniques. Ecosystems, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0091-y.
Bowes, R.E., and J.H. Thorp (2015). Consequences of employing amino acid vs bulk-tissue, stable isotope analysis: a laboratory trophic position experiment. Ecosphere, 6 (Issue #1; Article 14): 1-12.
Bowes, R.E., M.H. Lafferty, and J.H. Thorp (2014). Less means more: nutrient stress leads to higher δ15N ratios in fish. Freshwater Biology, 59: 1926-1931.