Kevin Rose

Frederic R. Kolleck ’52 Career Development Chair in Freshwater Ecology, Biological Sciences

Dr. Kevin Rose received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Miami University studying the causes and consequences of variation in ultraviolet radiation in aquatic ecosystems. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Rose went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Rose joined at the Department of Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2015 as the Frederic R. Kolleck ’52 Career Development Chair in Freshwater Ecology. Dr. Rose’s research spans aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry to understand how natural and anthropogenic processes affect the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems. A goal of his lab group is to forecast the future state of lake ecosystems in a regional to global context, with an emphasis on understanding how freshwater ecosystems are changing in response to local to global changes in land use and climate. This interdisciplinary research draws on skills in biology, ecology, biogeochemistry, advanced environmental sensors, and computational modeling.


Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Miami University (OH); B.A. in International Relations, Lehigh University; B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University

Research Focus
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Advanced Environmental Sensors
  • Computational Modeling
Select Works
  • Rose, K.C., C.E. Williamson, J.E. Saros, and C.E.H. Kissman. 2015. Does allochthony in lakes change across an elevation gradient? Ecology.
  • Read, J.S., K.C. Rose, E.L. Read, and L.A. Winslow. 2015. A method for estimating a bulk diffuse attenuation coefficient (Kd) from paired temperature sensors. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 13: 53-61.
  • Häder, D.-P., C.E. Williamson, S-Å Wängberg, M. Rautio, K.C. Rose, K. Gao, E.W. Helbling, R.P. Sinha, and R. Worrest. 2015. Effects of UV radiation on aquatic ecosystems and interactions with other environmental factors. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 14 (1), 108 – 126. DOI: 10.1039/C4PP90035A. Photochemistry & Photobiological Sciences. *This publication was a product of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Environmental Effects Assessment Panel.
  • Baustian, M.M., G.J.A. Hansen, A. de Kluijver, K. Robinson, E.N. Henry, L.B. Knoll, K.C. Rose and C.C. Carey. 2014. Linking the bottom to the top in aquatic ecosystems: mechanisms and stressors of benthic-pelagic coupling. Limnology and Oceanography Eco-DAS X Chapter 4, 38-60.
  • Fischer, J.M., M.H. Olson, N. Theodore, C.E. Williamson, K.C. Rose, and J. Hwang. 2015. Diel vertical migration of copepods in mountain lakes: the changing role of ultraviolet radiation across a transparency gradient. Limnology and Oceanography. DOI: 10.1002/lno.10019.
  • Hamilton, D., C. Carey, L. Arvola, P. Arzberger, B. Benson, T. Blenckner, C. Brewer, J. Cole, E. Gaiser, P. Hanson, S. Hendricks, B. Ibelings, V. Istvanovics, E. Jennings, T.K. Kratz, F.P. Lin, C. McBride, D. de Motta Marques, K. Muraoka, A. Nishri, B. Qin, J. Read, K.C. Rose, E. Ryder, K. Weathers, G. Zhu, J. Brookes. 2014. A Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network for synthesizing high-frequency sensor data for validation of deterministic hydrodynamic and ecological models. Inland Waters, 5: 49-56. DOI: 10.5268/IW-5.1.566.
  • Rose, K.C., D.P. Hamilton, C. McBride, C.E. Williamson, J.E. Saros, J.M. Fischer, M.G. Allan, M. Olson, and N. Cabrol. 2014. Light attenuation characteristics of glacially-fed lakes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, doi: 10.1002/2014JG002674.
  • Rose, K.C., L. Winslow, J.S. Read, E.L. Kara, C.T. Solomon, R. Adrian, and P.C. Hanson. 2014. Improving the precision of lake ecosystem metabolism estimates by identifying predictors of parameter uncertainty. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 12: 303-312.