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Scot Peterson
Title: Assistant Aquatic Ecologist
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Lake Michigan Biological Station
400 17th Street
Zion, IL 60099
Office address:
Lake Michigan Biological Station
400 17th Street
Zion, IL 60099
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Location: LMBS
Phone: 847-872-8677


Ecology of fish, zooplankton, and invertebrate communities along the Illinois shoreline of Lake Michigan

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NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2012-2015

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Selected publications:

Norman, B.C., M.R. Whiles, S.M. Collins, A.S. Flecker, S.K. Hamilton, S. Johnson, E.J. Rosi-Marshall, L.R. Ashkenas, W.B. Bowden, C.L. Crenshaw, T. Crowl, W.K. Dodds, R.O. Hall, R. El-Sabaawi, N.A. Griffiths, E. Marti, W.H. McDowell, S.D. Peterson, H.M. Rantala, T. Riis, K.S. Simon, J.L. Tank, S.A. Thomas, D. von Schiller, and J.R. Webster.  2017.  Continent-scale patterns of nitrogen cycling efficiencies in headwater stream food webs.  Ecology 98: 3044-3055.

Rantala, H.M., A.M. Nelson, J.N. Fulgoni, M.R. Whiles, R.O. Hall, Jr., W.K. Dodds, P. Verberg, A.D. Huryn, C.M. Pringle, S.S. Kilham, K.R. Lips, C. Colon-Gaud A.T. Rugenski, S.D. Peterson, K. Fritz, K.E. McLeran, and S. Connelly.  2015.  Long-term changes in structure and function of a tropical headwater stream following a disease-driven amphibian decline.  Freshwater Biology 60: 575-589.

Dodds, W.K., S.M. Collins, S.K. Hamilton, J.L. Tank, S. Johnson, J.R. Webster, K.S. Simon, M.R. Whiles, H.M. Rantala, W.H. McDowell, S.D. Peterson, T. Riis, C.L. Crenshaw, S.A. Thomas, P.B. Kristensen, B.M. Cheever, A.S. Flecker, N.A. Griffiths, T. Crowl, E.J. Rosi-Marshall, R. El-Sabaawi, and E. Marti.  2014.  You are not always what we think you eat: selective assimilation across multiple whole-stream isotopic tracer studies.  Ecology 95: 2757-2767.

Whiles, M.R., R.O. Hall, W.K. Dodds, P. Verburg, A.D. Huryn, C.M. Pringle, K.R. Lips, S.S. Kilham, C. Colon-Gaud, A.T. Rugenski, S. Peterson, and S. Connelly.  2013.  Disease-driven amphibian declines alter ecosystem processes in a tropical stream.  Ecosystems 16: 146-157.

Meyer, C.K., S.D. Peterson, and M.R. Whiles.  2011.  Quantitative assessment of yield, precision, and cost-effectiveness of three wetland invertebrate sampling techniques.  Wetlands 31: 101-112.

Colon-Gaud, J.C., M.R. Whiles, K.R. Lips, C.M. Pringle, S.S. Kilham, S. Connelly, R. Brenes, and S.D. Peterson.  2010.  Stream invertebrate responses to a catastrophic decline in consumer diversity.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29: 1185-1198.

Colon-Gaud, J.C., M.R. Whiles, R. Brenes, S.S. Kilham, K.R. Lips, C.M. Pringle, S. Connelly, and S.D. Peterson.  2010.  Potential functional redundancy and resource facilitation between tadpoles and insect grazers in tropical headwater streams.  Freshwater Biology 55: 2077-2088.

Whiles, M.R., M.I. Gladyshev, N.N. Sushchik, O.N. Makhutova, G.S.Kalachova, S.D. Peterson, and K.J. Regester.  2010.  Fatty acid analyses reveal high degrees of omnivory and dietary plasticity in pond-dwelling tadpoles.  Freshwater Biology 55: 1533-1547.

Colon-Gaud, J.C., M.R. Whiles, S.S. Kilham, K.R. Lips, C.M. Pringle, S. Connelly, and S.D. Peterson.  2009.  Assessing ecological responses to catastrophic amphibian declines: patterns of macroinvertebrate production and food web structure in upland Panamanian streams.  Limnology and Oceanography 54(1): 331-343.

Colon-Gaud, J.C., S.D. Peterson, M.R. Whiles, S.S. Kilham, K.R. Lips, and C.M. Pringle.  2008. Allochthonous litter inputs, organic matter standing stocks, and organic seston dynamics in upland Panamanian streams: potential effects of larval amphibians on organic matter dynamics.  Hydrobiologia 603: 301-312.

Whiles, M.R., K.R. Lips, C.M. Pringle, S.S. Kilham, R.J. Bixby, R. Brenes, S. Connelly, J.C. Colon-Gaud, M. Hunte-Brown, A.D. Huryn, C. Montgomery, and S.D. Peterson.  2006.  The effects of amphibian population declines on the structure and function of neotropical stream ecosystems.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 27-34.

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Society for Freshwater Science/ North American Benthological Society

Ecological Society of America


M.S. Watershed Science, Watershed Studies Institute, Murray State University, 2015

B.A. Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, 2000

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