Subject Area: Paleolimnology, Environmental Science
My lab focuses on reconstructing paleoenvironments using paleolimnological techniques in order to understand how ecosystems changed in the past and to more effectively manage for the future.
Projects focus on large scale ecosystem change (eutrophication, HABs, brownification, siltation, alt-ecosystem states) from human, climate and other environmental impacts. Recently, we have also started investigating guano cores from caves to reconstruct paleoenvironments of bat communities.
Dr. Matthew Waters is paleolimnologist and paleoecologist who reconstructs environmental change over the past 10,000 years from sediment cores and guano cores. Environmental topics that his lab addresses are the eutrophication of lakes and aquatic environments, the environmental history of human societies, biogeochemical processes through time, climate change impacts, and modern pollution.