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Dr. Soren Brothers

Dr. Soren Brothers

Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center

Assistant Professor in Limnology

Contact Information

Office Hours: By appointment
Office Location: BNR 269
IconPhone: 435-797-4152


Soren is a limnologist from Toronto, Ontario. He received his PhD in limnology in Berlin, Germany (IGB Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries / Potsdam University) studying the effects of regime shifts between turbid and clear-water states on the primary production and carbon cycling of shallow lakes. Before that, Soren completed an MSc in Montreal, Quebec (University of Quebec at Montreal) for which he examined the effects of landscape flooding by boreal hydroelectric reservoirs on CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Soren also holds a BSc in conservation biology with a minor in political science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. More recently, Soren was a program manager and post-doctoral fellow for a Canadian federal grant (Multiple Stressors and Cumulative Effects in the Great Lakes: an NSERC CREATE Program to Develop Innovative Solutions through International Training Partnerships) at the University of Guelph (Ontario). During that time, his work focused on long-term shifts in planktonic and benthic primary production in the Laurentian Great Lakes, as well as hypoxia formation in Lake Erie and long-term oxygen dynamics in Lake Superior. He also assisted on a project examining food web interactions and metabolism in tundra lakes near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

At USU, Soren runs the Limno-Lab. We here focus on three primary themes:

1)     How do carbon cycling (generally) and metabolic processes (specifically) in lakes and other aquatic ecosystems vary between ecological regions, and how are they responding to anthropogenic stressors such as eutrophication and climate change?

2)     What role do benthic/littoral processes play in potential short- and long-term shifts in aquatic ecosystem functioning?

3)     Can the conceptualization of ecosystems as exhibiting self-stabilizing regimes assist our efforts to conserve and manage these ecosystems?

Within these themes, the Limno-Lab focuses on a broad range of topics and ideas, ranging from microbial processes, up through food web relationships, and all the way to local, regional, or global patterns in the way lakes interact with their surrounding landscapes and the Earth’s atmosphere.

Anyone interested in working with the Limno-Lab should call or email Dr. Brothers. Casual conversations to discuss ideas are always welcome, though applicants will eventually be expected to submit a current CV and a sample of their writing style (scientific or non-scientific)

The Limno-Lab is committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all.


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