Dr. Mažeika Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (OSU) and the Director of the Ramsar-designated Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. His research addresses the ecology and conservation of stream, river, and wetland ecosystems, from headwaters to estuaries. His research group – the Stream and River Ecology (STRIVE) Lab – is broadly interested in two questions:
1. How do both natural environmental variability and human activities shape biodiversity, community and food-web organization, and ecosystem condition and function in linked aquatic-riparian ecosystems?
2. How can we apply findings from Q1 to management, conservation, and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and water quality?
To date, Dr. Sullivan has published 45 peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters, and 145 scholarly presentations and talks. Dr. Sullivan served as a member of the SAB “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters” Panel (2013-2014), is currently serving as a technical expert for the Ohio EPA’s Coldwater Streams Designation, and has reviewed for over 25 ecological and environmental journals. He is a Distinguished University teacher and served as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (Colombia, 2014-2015). His recent research has been funded by several sources, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, and Ohio Corn and Small Grains Marketing Programs. In addition to work in Ohio, Dr. Sullivan conducts research in multiple geographic regions of the U.S. and internationally in Eastern Europe and South America. The STRIVE lab is also actively involved in multiple outreach activities related to aquatic ecosystems and water quality.
More information on Dr. Sullivan’s research program can be found here: http://u.osu.edu/strive/.
Additional information on the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park can be found here: http://u.osu.edu/orwrpramsar/.
For prospective graduate students: I am always on the lookout for talented, motivated, and passionate graduate students. If you are interested in my lab, please send me a short description of your interests and career goals, a CV/resume, your GPA (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable), and your GRE scores and percentiles.
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ENR 5280 Stream Ecology
ENR 5350.01 Taxonomy and Behavior of Aquatic Invertebrates
ENR 626 Methods in Aquatic Ecology (2009-2011)