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Michael L. Pace

Professor · Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1981

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PacePhotoFeb14 I am an aquatic ecologist with broad interests in lake, river, and estuarine ecosystems. I currently have research projects focused on: 1) the detection of leading indicators of ecosystem regime shifts using whole-lake manipulations, 2) sources of organic matter for aquaculture in the Virginia Coastal Reserve, 3) the importance of terrestrial organic matter in supporting freshwater aquatic food webs, and 4) the long-term impacts of a zebra mussel invasion in a river ecosystem.



Recent Publications

Gephart, J.A., M.L. Pace, P. D’Odorico. 2014. Freshwater savings from marine protein consumption. Environmental Research Letters 9: 014005 (8 pages).

Cardosa, S.J., A. Enrich-Prast, M.L. Pace, and F. Roland. 2014. Do models of organic carbon mineralization extrapolate to warmer tropical sediments? Limnology and Oceanography 59: 48-54.

Batt, R.D., S.R. Carpenter, J.J. Cole, M.L. Pace, and R.A. Johnson. 2013. Changes in ecosystem resilience detected in automated measures of ecosystem metabolism during a whole lake manipulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 17398-17403

Kaushal, S.S., G.E. Likens, R.M. Utz, M.L. Pace, M. Grese, and M.Yepsen. 2013. Increased river alkalization in the Eastern U.S. Environmental Science and Technology 47: 10302-10311.

McGlathery, K.J., M.A. Reidenbach, P. D’Odorico, S. Fagherazzi, M.L. Pace, and J.H. Porter. 2013. Nonlinear dynamics and alternative stable states in shallow coastal systems. Oceanography 26: 220-231.

Wilkinson, G.M, S.R. Carpenter, J.J. Cole, M.L. Pace and C. Yang. 2013. Terrestrial support of pelagic consumers: patterns and variability revealed by a multi-lake study. Freshwater Biology 58: 2037-2049.

Batt, R.D., W.A. Brock, S.R. Carpenter, J.J. Cole, M.L. Pace, and D.A. Seekell. 2013. Asymmetric response of early warning indicators of phytoplankton transition to and from cycles. Theoretical Ecology 6: 285-293.

Seekell, D.A. T.J. Cline, S.R. Carpenter, and M.L. Pace. 2013. Evidence of alternate attractors from a whole-ecosystem regime shift experiment. Theoretical Ecology 6: 385-394.

Solomon, C.T., D.A. Bruesewitz, D.C. Richardson, K.C. Rose, M.C. Van de Bogert, P.C. Hanson, T.K. Kratz, B. Larget, R. Adrian, B. Leroux Babin, C-Y. Chiu, D.P. Hamilton, E.E. Gaiser, S. Hendricks, V. Istvanovics, A. Laas, D.M. O’Donnell, M.L. Pace, E. Ryder, P.A. Staehr, T. Torgersen, M.J. Vanni, K.C. Weathers, and G. Zhu. 2013. Ecosystem respiration: Drivers of daily variabiltiy and background respiration in lakes around the globe. Limnology and Oceanography 58: 849-866.

Seekell, D.A., M.L. Pace, L.J. Tranvik, and C. Verpoorter. 2013. A fractal-based approach to lake size distributions. Geophysical Research Letters 40: 517-521.

Wilkinson, G.M., M.L. Pace, and J.J. Cole. 2013. Terrestrial dominance of organic matter in north temperate lakes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27: 1-9.

Pace, M.L. 2013. Trophic cascades. In: S.A. Levin (editor) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd edition, Vol. 7, pp 258-263. Academic Press.

Pace, M.L., S.R. Carpenter, R.A. Johnson, J.T. Kurtzweil. 2013. Zooplankton provide early warnings of a regime shift in a whole lake manipulation. Limnology and Oceanography 58: 525-532.

Pace, M.L., and G.M. Lovett. 2013. Primary production: the foundation of ecosystems, pp 27-51. In: Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science, Edited by K.C. Weathers, D.L. Strayer and G.E. Likens. Elsevier.

Pace, M.L. 2013. The power and flexibility of the ecosystem concept, pp. 181-190. In: Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science, Edited by K.C. Weathers, D.L. Strayer and G.E. Likens. Elsevier