Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore


Organization: Department of Integrative Biology

Education: Ph.D. Zoology, Ohio State University

I am an aquatic community ecologist and paleolimnologist, and I use fossil algal and cyanobacterial pigments, and other biological and chemical indicators from lake sediments, to examine historical changes in algal communities in Florida lakes that result from environmental change or anthropogenic activities. Current projects include the paleolimnology and contemporary limnology of central Florida lakes, and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) applications in paleolimnology.

Subject Areas:
Aquatic Biology, Climate, Ecology, Hydrology, Water Quality

  • Whitmore, T.J., Riedinger-Whitmore, M.A., Reed, Z.E., Curtis, J.H., Yang, H., Evans, D.E., Cropper, N.R., Alvarado, K.S., Lauterman, F.M., Scott, A., Leonard, C.R., & Franklin, D.L. (2020). Paleolimnological assessment of six lakes on the Kissimmee Chain, with implications for restoration of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades System, Florida USA. Lake and Reservoir Management, 36(3), 205-209. doi: 10.1080/10402381.2020.1785064
  • Whitmore, T.J., Riedinger-Whitmore, M.A., Lauterman, F.M., & Curtis, J.H. (2018). Cyanobacterial influence on diatom community lifeform dynamics in shallow subtropical lakes of Florida USA. Paleolimnology, 60, 223-246. doi: 10.1007/s10933-018-0018-z

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