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Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers

Ecosystem Scientist | PhD, Rutgers University

Expertise
air-land-water interactions, heterogeneous landscapes, ecological importance of fog, air pollution, team science: training and research

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Kathleen Weathers studies ecosystem processes within and among aquatic, airborne, and terrestrial systems.

She was co-Chair of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) for 10 years, guiding GLEON from its infancy to adulthood. GLEON is a world-wide grassroots collaboration of 800 research partners studying 150 lakes in 53 countries. Their aim: understand, predict, and communicate lakes’ response to environmental change using data from lake-based sensors. This work encompasses impacts from human activities such as road salting, agriculture, and climate change.

Weathers and her colleagues have created a new model for collaborative research that explicitly empowers early career scientists.

Weathers is an expert on fog, which carries nutrients, pollutants, and sometimes disease-causing pathogens. She studies links between ocean, air, and fog-dominated forests and recently, how fog may affect transfer of pathogens from water to land.

Ponette-Gonzalez, Weathers, students, and colleagues are studying the effects of mineral dust and black carbon – both of which impact ecosystems and human health. Mineral dust can deliver toxic pollutants to ecosystems and is a growing concern as climate change exacerbates drought.

Black carbon, created by burning fossil fuels, is known to cause lung and heart disease; this collaborative team is studying the role of vegetation in managing black carbon in urban areas.

Ward, NK, MG Sorice, MS Reynolds, Kathleen C. Weathers, WZ Weng, and Cayelan C. Carey. (JAN 2) 2022. “Can Interactive Data Visualizations Promote Waterfront Best Management Practices?”. Lake And Reservoir Management 38 (1): 95-108, . doi:10.1080/10402381.2021.2021335.
Lofton, Mary E., Jennifer A. Brentrup, Whitney S. Beck, Jacob A. Zwart, Ruchi Bhattacharya, Ludmila S. Brighenti, Sarah H. Burnet, et al. (2022/03/27AD) 2022. “Using Near-Term Forecasts And Uncertainty Partitioning To Inform Prediction Of Oligotrophic Lake Cyanobacterial Density”. Ecological Applications n/a (n/a). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2590.
Ward, Nicole K., Jennifer A. Brentrup, D.C. Richardson, Kathleen C. Weathers, Paul C. Hanson, Russell J. Hewett, and Cayelan C. Carey. 2022. “Dynamics Of The Stream–Lake Transitional Zone Affect Littoral Lake Metabolism”. Aquatic Sciences 84 (3). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi:10.1007/s00027-022-00854-7.
Ponette-González, Alexandra G., Haley Lewis, Barron H. Henderson, Danilo Carnelos, Gervasio Piñeiro, Kathleen C. Weathers, and Donna B. Schwede. 2022. “Wet Nitrogen (N) Deposition To Urban Latin America: Filling In The Gaps With Geos-Chem”. Atmospheric Environment 278. Elsevier BV: 119095. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2022.119095.
Lofton, Mary E., Jennifer A. Brentrup, Whitney S. Beck, Jacob A. Zwart, Ruchi Bhattacharya, Ludmila S. Brighenti, Sarah H. Burnet, et al. 2022. “Using Near‐Term Forecasts And Uncertainty Partitioning To Inform Prediction Of Oligotrophic Lake Cyanobacterial Density”. Ecological Applications 32 (5). Wiley. doi:10.1002/eap.2590.
Volponi, Sabrina N., Heather L. Wander, David C. Richardson, Clayton J. Williams, Denise A. Bruesewitz, Shelley Arnott Queen's University Kingston Ontario Canada, Jennifer A. Brentrup, et al. 2022. “Nutrient Function Over Form: Organic And Inorganic Nitrogen Additions Have Similar Effects On Lake Phytoplankton Nutrient Limitation”. Limnology And Oceanography. Wiley. doi:10.1002/lno.12270.
Farrell, Kaitlin J, Kathleen C. Weathers, Sarah H Sparks, Jennifer A Brentrup, Cayelan C Carey, Michael C Dietze, John R Foster, Kristine L Grayson, Jaclyn H Matthes, and Michael D SanClements. 2021. “Training Macrosystems Scientists Requires Both Interpersonal And Technical Skills”. Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment 19 (1). Wiley: 39-46. doi:10.1002/fee.2287.
Meyer, Michael F., Robert Ladwig, Hilary A. Dugan, Alyssa Anderson, Abdou R. Bah, Bertram Boehrer, L. Borre, et al. 2021. “Virtual Growing Pains: Initial Lessons Learned From Organizing Virtual Workshops, Summits, Conferences, And Networking Events During A Global Pandemic”. Limnology And Oceanography Bulletin 30 (1). Wiley: 1-11. doi:10.1002/lob.10431.
Simkin, Samuel M., Barbara L. Bedford, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2021. “Regional Wetland Plant Responses To Sulfur And Other Porewater Chemistry In Calcareous Rich Fens”. Wetlands 41 (4). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi:10.1007/s13157-021-01438-1.
Van Stan, John T, Alexandra Ponette-González, Travis Swanson, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2021. “Throughfall And Stemflow Are Major Hydrologic Highways For Particulate Traffic Through Tree Canopies”. Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment. Wiley. doi:10.1002/fee.2360.
Jane, Stephen F., Gretchen J. A. Hansen, Benjamin M. Kraemer, Peter R. Leavitt, Joshua L. Mincer, Rebecca L. North, Rachel M. Pilla, et al. 2021. “Widespread Deoxygenation Of Temperate Lakes”. Nature 594 (7861). Springer Science and Business Media LLC: 66-70. doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03550-y.
Pilla, Rachel M., Elizabeth M. Mette, Craig E. Williamson, Boris V. Adamovich, Rita Adrian, Orlane Anneville, Esteban Balseiro, et al. 2021. “Global Data Set Of Long-Term Summertime Vertical Temperature Profiles In 153 Lakes”. Scientific Data 8 (1). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi:10.1038/s41597-021-00983-y.
Serafy, Ghada Y.H. El, Blake A. Schaeffer, Merrie-Beth Neely, Anna Spinosa, Daniel Odermatt, Kathleen C. Weathers, Theo Baracchini, et al. 2021. “Integrating Inland And Coastal Water Quality Data For Actionable Knowledge”. Remote Sensing 13 (15). MDPI AG: 2899. doi:10.3390/rs13152899.
Ward, N. K., B. G. Steele, Kathleen C. Weathers, K. L. Cottingham, H. A. Ewing, P. C. Hanson, and C. C. Carey. (Jul) 2020. “Differential Responses Of Maximum Versus Median Chlorophyll-Ato Air Temperature And Nutrient Loads In An Oligotrophic Lake Over 31 Years”. Water Resources Research 56 (7).
Ewing, Holly A., Kathleen C. Weathers, Kathryn L. Cottingham, P.R. Leavitt, Meredith L. Greer, Cayelan C. Carey, B. G. Steele, Alyeska U. Fiorillo, and John P. Sowles. 2020. ““New” Cyanobacterial Blooms Are Not New: Two Centuries Of Lake Production Are Related To Ice Cover And Land Use”. Ecosphere 11 (6). Wiley. doi:10.1002/ecs2.3170.
Cottingham, Kathryn L., Kathleen C. Weathers, Holly A. Ewing, Meredith L. Greer, and Cayelan C. Carey. 2020. “Predicting The Effects Of Climate Change On Freshwater Cyanobacterial Blooms Requires Consideration Of The Complete Cyanobacterial Life Cycle”. Journal Of Plankton Research 43 (1). Oxford University Press (OUP): 10-19. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbaa059.
Lewis, Abigail S. L., Brian S. Kim, Hailee L. Edwards, Heather L. Wander, Claire M. Garfield, Heather E. Murphy, Noah D. Poulin, et al. 2020. “Prevalence Of Phytoplankton Limitation By Both Nitrogen And Phosphorus Related To Nutrient Stoichiometry, Land Use, And Primary Producer Biomass Across The Northeastern United States”. Inland Waters 10 (1). Informa UK Limited: 42-50. doi:10.1080/20442041.2019.1664233.
Weathers, Kathleen C., Alexandra G. Ponette-González, and Todd E. Dawson. 2020. “Medium, Vector, And Connector: Fog And The Maintenance Of Ecosystems”. Ecosystems 23 (1). Springer Science and Business Media LLC: 217-229. doi:10.1007/s10021-019-00388-4.
Weng, Weizhe, Kevin J. Boyle, Kaitlin J. Farrell, Cayelan C. Carey, Kelly M. Cobourn, Hilary A. Dugan, Paul C. Hanson, Nicole K. Ward, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2020. “Coupling Natural And Human Models In The Context Of A Lake Ecosystem: Lake Mendota, Wisconsin, Usa”. Ecological Economics 169. Elsevier BV: 106556. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106556.
Dugan, Hilary A., Nicholas K. Skaff, Jonathan P. Doubek, Sarah L. Bartlett, Samantha M. Burke, Flora E. Krivak, Jamie C. Summers, Paul C. Hanson, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2020. “Lakes At Risk Of Chloride Contamination”. Environmental Science & Technology 54 (11). American Chemical Society (ACS): 6639-6650. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b07718.

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