Biology

Megan Woller-Skar

 

Megan Woller-Skar
Assistant Professor

Quantitative Ecology

Office : 319 Henry Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3279
E-mail: wollerm@gvsu.edu

 
Education: 

Ph.D.    Biology: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.  December 2009.  

M.S.    Biology    : Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.  December, 2006.  

B.S.    Zoology:  Miami University, Oxford, OH.  December, 1998.

Courses taught at GVSU:

BIO 105- Environmental Science
BIO 215- Ecology lecture and lab
BIO 580- Applied Quantitative Methods I and II

 

 Research Interests:

My research focuses on ecosystem changes in space and time following perturbation. More specifically, I am interested in methodologies that help explain community shifts in the Great Lake basin following non-native species. Currently I am working on four projects, based in the northern portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan:

1. Shifts in phytoplankton communities following zebra mussel establishment in low-nutrient lake basins.

2. The influence of zebra mussel population filtering capacity on densities of Microcystis aeruginosa.

3. Microcystin production and fate in low-nutrient lake basins with established populations of zebra mussels.

4. Changes in the unionid population following zebra mussel establishment in a northern Michigan lake.
 

 

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor    Department of Biology, Grand Valley State University
December 2009 – present

Lecturer        Department of Biology, Grand Valley State University
August 2009 – December 2009

 

Memberships:

1.  American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2007 - present.       
2.  North American Benthological Society, 2006 - present.     

 

Peer Reviewed Publications: 
 
1.  Woller-Skar, M.M., T. Keilty and R. Lowe.  Microcystin production and fate, following blooms of Microcystis aeruginosa in low nutrient systems with established zebra mussel populations.  In prep.       
2.  Woller-Skar, M.M., T. Keilty and R. Lowe.  Correlating zebra mussel densities with chemical and physical parameters, using kriging.  In prep.       
3.  Woller-Skar, M.M., T. Keilty and R. Lowe.  Shifts in phytoplankton assemblages following zebra mussel establishment in low nutrient lake basins.  In prep.       
4.  Woller-Skar, M.M., S. Francoeur and R. Lowe.  Changes in the unionid population following zebra mussel establishment in a northern Michigan lake.  In prep.     


Other Publications:

1.  Woller, M.M. and T.J. Keilty.  2006.  Microcystin Production and Fate in Zebra Mussel Infested Oligotrophic Lakes.  Report to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from the Leelanau Watershed Council.  Pages 1-43.       
2.  Woller, M.M. and T.J. Keilty.  2005.  Predicting blue-green algal blooms and potential toxin production in zebra mussel infested, oligotrophic lakes.  Report to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (480805-03) from the Leelanau Watershed Council.  Pages 1-27.       
3.  Woller, M.M.  2005.  An assessment of the zebra mussel population of Platte Lake (2004) and its influence on the cyanobacterium Microcystis sp.  Report to the Platte Lake Improvement Association.  Pages 1-7.       
4.  Woller, M.M. and M. Heiman.  2004.  Shoreline Cladophora, Phosphorus and E. Coli Survey June-September 2003, Final Report to the Platte Lake Improvement Association.  Pages 1-18.       
5.  Keilty, T.K. and M.M. Woller.  2004.  A Community Partnership Approach to Zebra Mussel Control.  Final Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from the Leelanau Watershed Council.  Pages 1-31.  www.theconservancy.com/watershed       
6.  Heiman, M. and M.M. Woller.  2003.  Glen Lake Crystal River Watershed Management Plan.  Leelanau Conservancy, Leland.  Pages 1-37.       
7.  Keilty, T.K. and M.M. Woller.  2002.  Report of the Leelanau Watershed Council Water Quality Monitoring Report (A Synthesis of Data from 1990 through 2001).  Pages 1-46.  www.theconservancy.com/watershed     

 

Community Presentations:
 
1.  Toxin producing cyanobacteria.  Leelanau Rotary Club, June 2005.       
2.  Monitoring changes in unionid populations and quantification of invasive benthic species.  Great Lakes Mollusk Watcher’s Conference, February 2004       
3.  Zebra mussel promotion of cyanobacterial blooms. Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, February 2004.       
4.  Exotic species in Leelanau County.  The Leelanau School, October 2003.       
5.  Zebra mussel establishment and phytoplankton assemblages.  Leelanau Rotary Club, October 2003.       
6.  Exotic species in Leelanau County.  Glen Lake Association, August 2003.       
7.  Zebra mussel establishment and phytoplankton assemblages.  Leelanau Conservancy Rally, July 2003.       
8.  Zebra mussel establishment in Lime Lake.  Lime Lake Association, July 2003.       
9.  Zebra mussel establishment in Lake Leelanau.  Lake Leelanau Lake Association, June 2003.       
10.  Zebra mussel establishment and fish populations in Lake Leelanau.  Lake Leelanau Fish Committee, May 2003.     

 

Professional Meetings Attended:

 
1.  North American Benthological Society.  Grand Rapids, MI, 2009.       
2.  North American Benthological Society.  Salt Lake City, UT, 2008.  Microcystin measured in      Hexagenia spp. and lake sediment using ELISA and HPLC before and after blooms of Microcystis aeruginosa.       
3.  North American Benthological Society.  Columbia, SC, 2007.  Poster:  Changes in the unionid   population following zebra mussel establishment in a northern Michigan lake.          
4.  North American Benthological Society.  Anchorage, AK, 2006.       
5.  Great Lakes Commission des Grands Lacs Annual Meeting.  Ann Arbor, MI, 2004.     

 

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