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Steven Kohler

Steven KohlerSteven Kohler
Director of Enviromental Studies Program

Office: (269) 387-2987
Lab: (269) 387-0898

Office: 3938 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Lab: 3007 Haenicke Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA

Research interests

Dr. Kohler's research focuses on the nature of interactions among species and the consequences of these interactions for the dynamics of populations and the structure of communities. These questions are addressed with experimental and observational approaches over a broad range of temporal and spatial scales, using trout streams as a model system. His team are using replicated, long-term whole-stream perturbations, brought about by the disease-induced collapse of populations of a dominant competitor, to address questions regarding: 1) the effects of biotic processes and disturbance on food web structure, 2) the resilience of communities to perturbations in food web structure, and 3) the importance of disease in the dynamics of host populations and the structure and dynamics of communities. Dr. Kohler is also interested in the responses of stream systems to environmental perturbations and restoration activities at local to watershed scales.

Students in Dr. Kohler's laboratory

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