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Diane McKnight


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Limnology, biogeochemistry of lakes and streams.

Fellow of INSTAAR
INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research
McKnight's INSTAAR page

Professor of Civil; Environmental and Architectural Engineering; Univ. of Colorado at Boulder.
CU-Boulder - University of Colorado at Boulder
McKnight's CU-Boulder page

CWEST, Center for Water, Earth Science, and Technology

McKnight's page

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979

Research focuses on interactions between hydrologic, chemical and biological processes in controlling the dynamics in aquatic ecosystems. This research is carried out through field-scale experiments, modeling, and laboratory characterization of natural substrates. Main field sites are located in the Rocky Mountains and in the Transantarctic Mountains, and include pristine and stressed ecosystems, such as acid mine drainage influences mountain streams. Conducts research focusing on interactions between freshwater biota, trace metals, and natural organic material in diverse freshwater environments, including lakes and streams in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. Develops interactions with state and local groups involved in mine drainage and watershed issues in the Rocky Mountains. A co-principal investigator in the McMurdo Dry Valley LTER and in the Niwot Ridge LTER.

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