2801 Sharon Turnpike; P.O. Box AB Millbrook NY 12545-0129, USA
Dr. Solomon studies the ecology of lakes and other aquatic ecosystems, and of the fish and other organisms that live in them. He is broadly interested in how these systems function, and how we can manage and conserve them. His group emphasizes a collaborative team-based approach using whole-ecosystem experiments, observational studies across space and time, and statistical and simulation modeling.
Organic matter produced by terrestrial plants enters lakes via streams, groundwater, and surface deposition. These inputs strongly structure lake ecosystems, altering heat and light budgets, fueling carbon cycles, and becoming incorporated into the tissues of aquatic organisms like invertebrates and fishes.
Fisheries are classic examples of tightly coupled natural-human systems, and have high cultural and economic value in North America and around the world. They are thus useful model systems for testing and developing social-ecological theory, and important venues for real-world application of such theory.
We are using automated sensor networks, hydrologic and biogeochemical budgets, and models to try to improve understanding of lake carbon cycles and their potential responses to environmental change.
We are working with the Adirondack chapter of The Nature Conservancy to build a population model of an Adirondack strain, heritage lake trout population and test alternative management strategies for maximizing the fishery's conservation and value.
We are working in collaboration with a consortium of governmental and non-profit agencies in southeastern Québec to try to understand the effects of water level management on littoral food webs in this region.
For three decades, our scientists have been researching the Hudson River ecosystem– from the way shoreline development impacts water quality to how invasive species influence resident plants and animals. As a result, the Hudson is the most scientifically scrutinized river in the world.
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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343