Mark D. Rowe
Assistant Research Scientist
PhD, Michigan Technological University (environmental engineering)
MS, Michigan Technological University (environmental engineering)
MS, Colorado School of Mines (metallurgical and materials engineering)
BS, Ohio State University (welding engineering)
My research is focused on development of linked hydrodynamic and biological (biophysical) models to understand and predict changes in the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of aquatic ecosystems. Numerical models of the oceans, large lakes, and the atmosphere are increasingly capable of producing accurate three-dimensional fields of velocities, temperature, and turbulent mixing at fine spatial and temporal scales, which provides new opportunities to explain and predict the influence of these physical variables on aquatic ecosystems in ways that were not previously possible. My recent work has focused on development of linked hydrodynamic and biological models to simulate harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in Lake Erie, and impacts of invasive quagga mussels on primary production, nutrient cycles, and the lower food web of Lake Michigan. My research has contributed to forecast models that provide timely and actionable information to public water systems, anglers, recreational users of Lake Erie.
My previous research topics have included field measurements and modeling of the fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants in the Great Lakes, and of atmosphere-lake interactions.
M.D. Rowe, E.J. Anderson, T. T. Wynne, R. P. Stumpf, D. L. Fanslow, K. Kijanka, H. A. Vanderploeg, T. W. Davis. Vertical distribution of buoyant Microcystis blooms in a Lagrangian particle tracking model for short-term forecasts in Lake Erie. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, submitted
M.D. Rowe, D.R. Obenour, T.F. Nalepa, H.A. Vanderploeg, F. Yousef, W.C. Kerfoot. 2015. Mapping the spatial distribution of invasive dreissenid mussel biomass and filter-feeding impact in Lake Michigan. Freshwater Biology, 60(11), 2270-2285.
M.D. Rowe, E.J. Anderson, J. Wang, H.A. Vanderploeg. 2015. Modeling the effect of invasive quagga mussels on the spring phytoplankton bloom in Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 41(Supplement 3):49-65, doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2014.12.018.
H.A. Bootsma, M.D. Rowe, C.N. Brooks, H.A. Vanderploeg. 2015. Commentary: The need for model development related to Cladophora and nutrient management in Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 41(Supplement 3):7-15, doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.03.023.
X. Zhang, K.R. Rygwelski, M.D. Rowe, R. Rossmann, R.G. Kreis Jr. 2015. Global and regional contributions to total mercury concentrations in Lake Michigan water. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 42(1):62-69, doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.10.010.
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