Mark D. Rowe, Ph.D.

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)

(734) 741-2172


Mark Rowe's research focuses on biophysical modeling with the goals of understanding the dynamics of Great Lakes ecosystems, and developing forecasts and applications to resource management. Biophysical models consist of mathematical representations of biological, food web, or biogeochemical processes linked to hydrodynamic models. Recent topics include estimating the impacts of invasive quagga mussels on primary production, nutrient cycles, and the lower food web of Lake Michigan, and forecasts of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in 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.

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