Henry A. Vanderploeg

Adjunct Professor


PhD, Oregon State University (biological oceanography)

MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison (zoology)

BS, Michigan Technological University (biological sciences)

(734) 741-2292


Hank Vanderploeg is a Research Ecologist and Ecosystem Dynamics Branch Chief at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, where he has spent most of his career studying the lower food web, invasive species, and spatial interactions of the food web. He is particularly interested in lab and field experimental work to define important processes such feeding and nutrient cycling that connect different components of the food web to each other.

Select publications: 
  • Denef, V.J., R.S. Mueller, E. Chiang, J.R. Liebig, and H.A. VANDERPLOEG. Chloroflexi CL500-11 populations that predominate deep lake hypolimnion bacterioplankton rely on nitrogen-rich DOM metabolism and C1 compound oxidation. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82(5):1423-1432 (DOI:10.1128/AEM.03014-15) (2016). https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2016/20160007.pdf

  • POTHOVEN, S.A., G.L. Fahnenstiel, H.A. VANDERPLOEG, and T.F. NALEPA. Changes in water quality variables at a mid-depth site after proliferation of dreissenid mussels in southeastern Lake Michigan. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 188(3):233-244 (DOI:10.1127/fal/2016/0883) (2016).

  • ROWE, M.D., E.J. ANDERSON, T.T. Wynne, R.P. Stumpf, D.L. FANSLOW, K. Kijanka, H.A. VANDERPLOEG, J.R. Strickler, and 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 121(7):5296-5314 (DOI:10.1002/2016JC011720) (2016). https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2016/20160026.pdf

  • Carrick, H.J., E. Butts, D. Daniels, M. Fehringer, C. Frazier, G.L. Fahnenstiel, S.A. POTHOVEN, and H.A. VANDERPLOEG. Variation in the abundance of pico, nano, and microplankton in Lake Michigan: Historic and basin-wide comparisons. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41(Supplement 3):63-74 (DOI:1016/j.jglr.2015.09.009) (2015).

  • Ptachnikova, R., H.A. VANDERPLOEG, and J.F. CAVALETTO. Big versus small: Does Bythotrephes longimanus predatiaon regulate spatial distribution of another invasive predatory cladoceran, Cercopagis pengoiJournal of Great Lakes Research 41(Supplement 3):143-149 (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.10.006) (2015).

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