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Michael R. Twiss

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Professor and Executive Officer
Director, Great Rivers Center
Editorial Board, Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology
Department of Biology
167 Science Center
Clarkson University
PO Box 5805
Potsdam, NY 13699-5805


E-mail: mtwiss@clarkson.edu
Web site: http://www.clarkson.edu/biology/faculty_pages/twiss.html
Phone: 315-268-2359
Fax: 315-268-7118
  
Education

Ph.D., Université du Québec - Limnology (1996)


Courses taught
BY431/531 Limnology (Aquatic Ecology)
BY332/320 Microbiology and Laboratory
EV402 Plant Science of the Adirondacks
BY330/EV330 Great Lakes Water Protectionection

 

Research Interests
Interactions of microbes with chemicals (nutrients, toxic substances) in the water column of lakes and rivers and the use of advanced technologies for assessing phytoplankton community structure and health as well as algal-derived biofuel production. Studies focus on the Laurentian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River ecosystems, and involve work on both research vessels and in the laboratory using organisms isolated from these environments. This research is at the interface between microbial plankton ecology and analytical chemistry.


Research publications (last 5 years)

Binding, C.E., Greenberg, T.A., Bukata, R.P., Smith, D.E. and Twiss, M.R. 2012. The MERIS MCI and its potential for satellite detection of winter diatom blooms on ice-covered Lake Erie. Journal of Plankton Research 34: 569-573.


Havens, S.M., Hassler, C.S., North, R.L., Guildford, S.L., Silsbe, G., Wilhelm, S.W., and Twiss, M.R. 2012. Iron plays a role in nitrate drawdown by phytoplankton in Lake Erie surface waters as observed in lake wide assessments. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 69:(2) 369-381.


Jin, Z., Harvey, A.M., Mailloux, S., Halámek, J. ,Bocharova, V., Twiss, M.R., Katz, E. 2012. Electrochemically stimulated release of lysozyme from alginate matrix cross-linked with iron cations. Journal of Materials Chemistry 22: 19523-19528.


Twiss, M.R. and Marshall, N.F. 2012. Tributary impacts on nearshore surface water quality detected during a late summer circumnavigation along the 20 m isopleth of Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research (in press) 38: doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2012.02.012


Twiss, M.R. and Smith, D.E. 2012. Size-fractionated phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing rates in the upper St. Lawrence River. River Research and Applications, 28:1047-1053.


Twiss, M.R., McKay, R.M.L., Bourbonniere, R.A., Bullerjahn, G.S., Carrick, H.J., Smith, R.E.H., Winter, J.G., D’souza, N., Furey, P.C., Lashaway, A.R., Saxton, M.A., and Wilhelm, S.W. 2012. Diatoms abound in ice-covered Lake Erie: An investigation of offshore winter limnology in Lake Erie over the period 2007 to 2010. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38 (1):18-30.


Twiss, M.R., Ulrich, C., Zastepa, A., and Pick, F.R. 2012. On phytoplankton growth and loss rates in the epilimnion and metalimnion of Lake Ontario in mid-summer. Journal of Great Lakes Research (in press) 38: doi.10.1016/j.jglr.2012.05.002,


Twiss, M.R. 2011. Variations in chromophoric dissolved organic matter and its influence on the use of pigment-specific fluorimeters in the Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 37: 124-131.


Marty, J., Twiss, M.R., Ridal, J.J., de Lafontaine, Y., and Farrell, J.M. 2010. From the Great Lakes flows a Great River: Overview of the St. Lawrence River ecology supplement. Hydrobiologia, 647: 1-5.


Twiss, M.R., Ulrich, C., Kring, S., Harold, J., and Williams, M.R. 2010. Plankton dynamics along a 180 km reach of the Saint Lawrence River from its headwaters in Lake Ontario. Hydrobiologia, 647: 7-20.


Zananski, T.J., Twiss, M.R. and Mihuc, T.B. 2010. Use of fluorimetry to evaluate atrazine toxicity to phytoplankton communities. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management, 13:56-65.


Adams, R.M., Twiss, M.R. and Driscoll, C.T. 2009. Patterns of mercury accumulation among seston in lakes of the Adirondack Mountains, New York. Environmental Science and Technology, 43: 4836-4842.


Becker, R.H., Sultan, M.I., Boyer, G. L., Twiss, M.R., Konopko, E. 2009. Mapping cyanobacterial blooms in the Great Lakes using MODIS. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 35: 447-453.


Hassler, C.S., Havens, S.M., Bullerjahn, G.S., McKay, R.M.L., and Twiss, M.R. 2009. An evaluation of iron speciation in western Lake Superior measured using combined physical, chemical and biological assessment. Limnology & Oceanography, 54: 987-1001.


Gouvêa, S.P., Boyer, G.L., and Twiss, M.R. 2008. Influence of ultraviolet radiation, copper, and zinc on microcystin content in Microcystis aeruginosa (Cyanobacteria). Harmful Algae, 17: 194-205.


Hassler, C.S., Twiss, M.R., Simon, D.F., and Wilkinson, K.J. 2008. Porous Underwater Chamber (PUC) for in-situ determination of nutrient and pollutant bioavailability to microorganisms. Limnology & Oceanography: Methods, 6: 277-287.


Intwala, A., Patey, T.D., Polet, D.M., and Twiss, M.R. 2008. Nutritive substitution of zinc by cadmium and cobalt in phytoplankton isolated from the Lower Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 34: 1-11.


North, R.L., S.J. Guildford, R.E.H. Smith, M.R. Twiss and H.J. Kling. 2008. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron colimitation of phytoplankton communities in the nearshore and offshore regions of the African Great Lakes. Verhandlungen des Internationalen Verein Limnologie, Vol. 30, Part 2. : 259-264.


Twiss, M.R. and MacLeod, I.R. 2008. Phytoplankton community assessment in eight Lake Ontario tributaries made using fluorimetric methods. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management, 11: 422-431.


Other publications (reviews)

Twiss, M.R. and Ridal, J.J. (Eds.). 2011. Great Lakes Research Review: The Saint Lawrence River: Flowing towards Regional Governance. Great Lakes Research Consortium, Syracuse, NY, Volume 8, 55 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0-9852043-0-3.


Twiss, M.R., Ridal, J.J., and Heintzelman, M. 2011. Introduction to ‘The Saint Lawrence River: Flowing towards Regional Governance’. In: Twiss, M.R. and Ridal, J.J. (Eds.). 2011. Great Lakes Research Review: The Saint Lawrence River: Flowing towards Regional Governance. Great Lakes Research Consortium, Syracuse, NY, 8: 4.


Twiss, M.R. 2011. On Scientific Efforts Concerning the International Section of the Saint Lawrence River. In: Twiss, M.R. and Ridal, J.J. (Eds.). 2011. Great Lakes Research Review: The Saint Lawrence River: Flowing towards Regional Governance. Great Lakes Research Consortium, Syracuse, NY, 8: 50-55.


Twiss, M.R. 2008. Current knowledge of trace metal biogeochemistry in the water column of Lake Erie. In: Checking the Pulse of Lake Erie (M. Munawar, R.T. Heath, Eds.), Ecovision World Monograph Series, Backhuys Publ., Leiden, The Netherlands. 181-205.


Twiss, M.R. 2008. Book Review of Smol, J.P. 2008, Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleolimnological Perspective. Journal of Phycology, 44: 1628-1629.


Current Graduate Students
  • Stefanie Kring, PhD. candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering, thesis topic: Sustainable Algal Biofuel Production
  • Emily Ball, M.S. student in Environmental Science and Engineering, thesis topic: Zooplankton Ecology of the St. Lawrence River
  • Anthony Harvey, M.S. student in Environmental Science and Engineering, thesis topic: Predicting Fecal Bacteria Fate in the St. Lawrence River

Undergraduates Active in Research Lab
  • Samuel Fain (Biology): Culture of Algae for Biofuel
  • Samantha Longdaue (Biomolecular Sciences): Influence of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation on Phytoplankton in the St. Lawrence River
  • Heather Sprague (NSF REU intern from Clemson University, Summer 2012): Water quality assessment of the St. Lawrence River using high resolution sensor arrays
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