Kelsey Vitense

PhD Student (NRSM)

I study how watershed and lake features influence transitions between clear and turbid states in shallow lakes. My current projects involve classifying lake states and estimating critical nutrient levels that differentiate highly resilient clear lakes, highly resilient turbid lakes, and lakes that may switch between states due to system perturbations. I am ultimately working to model state transitions as a function of varying nutrient levels and biological variables, and to develop a decision support tool that allows managers to assess the relative state transition risk of shallow lakes to identify appropriate management actions. I delight in research that lies at the intersection of mathematical modeling, statistics, and ecology, and I love to cook, hike, and find new music in my free time. For more info, see:

Kelsey sampling vegetation in a lake