Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Lani Pascual

Associate Faculty, Earth Sciences

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, 2004
M.P.H. Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan , 2002
Specialties: Reservoir Limnology, Phytoplankton Ecology, Nuisance Blue-Green Algae

Current Research

Research focuses on the eutrophication of urban reservoirs, including nutrient loading, nutrient dynamics, phytoplankton ecology, and the impacts of algal metabolite production (e.g. toxins and taste and odor causing compounds) on human health. Specific interests are in the ecology of heterocyst-forming blue-green algae and the use of ambient available nutrient stoichiometry to predict phytoplankton species composition in urban reservoirs to better protect these drinking water resources. Other research interests include phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions, the use of remote sensing techniques to understand spatial and temporal changes in phytoplankton abundances, and the fate and transport of E. coli in Midwest watersheds.