Associate Director of DFWI , Biological Sciences
Research Interests •Molecular studies of microbial and picoeukaryote communities in lakes and rivers. •Basic and applied studies of invasive species (zebra mussels). •Water resource management and environmental remote sensing. Molecular studies of microbial and picoeukaryote communities in lakes and rivers. The biodiversity of freshwater microbial and picoeukaryotes is still understudied (compared with marine environments) with many more organisms to be discovered. We are using molecular approaches, as well as more traditional culturing and microscopic methodologies to elucidate the structure and function of community composition in Adirondack lakes, some of which have been impacted by acid rain or other pollutants. Basic and applied studies of invasive species (zebra mussels). Zebra mussels are an invasive species that have significant economic and ecological impacts. We are carrying out basic studies on zebra mussels which include; development of molecular probes for their early detection and bioassays for gaining a better understanding of chemical and physical factors that influence or can predict their survival. We are carrying out applied studies that deal with management of zebra mussels once they have been introduced into freshwater bodies, as well as proactive monitoring/detection strategies to help prevent colonization. Water resource management and environmental remote sensing. We are using a combination of traditional and advanced techniques to study human impacts on water resources. The approaches that we are utilizing include automated water chemistry profiling systems, side-scan sonar, satellite remote sensing, solar powered autonomous underwater vehicles (SAUV’s) and hydroacoutics, to name a few.
B.A. University of New Hampshire, 1979 Microbiology Ph.D. University of New Hampshire, 1983 Microbiology Title: “Novel Aspects of Ultrastructure in Two Species of Cyanobacteria” Postdoctoral Training: University of Chicago, 1984-1985 Molecular Genetics
- environmental remote sensing
- invasive species
- water resource management
- Nierzwicki-Bauer, S.A., C.W. Boylen, L. W. Eichler, J.P. Harrison, J. W. Sutherland, W. Shaw, R. A. Daniels, D. F. Charles, F. W. Acker, T. J. Sullivan, B. Momen and P. Bukaveckas. 2010. Acidification in the Adirondacks: Defining the Biota in Trophic Levels of 30 Chemically Diverse Acid-Impacted Lakes. Environ. Sci. Tech. 44: 5721-5727.[1st Runner Up Best Science Paper in ES &T 2010]
- Porter-Goff, E.R., C.W. Boylen and S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2010. Periphyton dynamics along a stream with a gradient of human impact. J. Freshwat. Ecol. 25:385-394.
- Wimbush, J., M.E. Frischer, J.W. Zarzynski and S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2009. Eradication of colonizing populations of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) by early detection and SCUBA removal: Lake George, NY. Aquat. Conserv.: Mar. Fresh. Ecosyst. 19:703-713.
- Boylen, C.W., L.W. Eichler, M.W. Swinton, S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer, I. Hannoun and J. Short. 2014. The State of the Lake: Thirty Years of Water Quality Monitoring on Lake George, New York, 1980 – 2009. 72 pp. http://fundforlakegeorge.org/StateoftheLake.
- Michelena, T.M., C. Ostman, C.W. Boylen and S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2014. Identification of bryozoans in the freshwater reach of the Hudson River Estuary. Northeastern Naturalist. 221(3): 369-379.
- Roberts, A., C.W. Boylen and S.A Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2014. Effects of lead accumulation on the Azolla caroliniana-Anabaena association. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 102:100-104.
- Stockdale A. E. Tipping, S. Lofts, J. Fott, Ø. A. Garmo, J. Hruska, B. Keller, S. Löfgren, S. C. Maberly, V. Majer, S. A. Nierzwicki-Bauer, G. Persson, A. Schartau, S. J. Thackeray, A. Valois, J. Vrba, B. Walseng and N. Yan. 2014. Metal and proton toxicity to lake zooplankton: A chemical speciation based modeling approach. Environmental Pollution. 186:115-125.
- Sutherland, J. W., F. W. Acker, J.A. Bloomfield, C.W. Boylen, D.F. Charles, R.A. Daniels, L.W. Eichler, J.L. Farrell, R.S. Feranec, M.P. Hare, S.L. Kanfoush, R.J. Preall, S.O. Quinn, H.C. Rowell, W.F. Schoch, W.H. Shaw, C.A. Siegfried, T.J. Sullivan, D.A. Winkler and S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2015. Brooktrout lake case study: Biotic recovery from acid deposition 20 Years after the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49: 2665-2674.
- Rensselaer Biologist Honored for Work Protecting Lake George Against Invasive Species
- Landmark Report on the State of Lake George Water Quality Reveals Threats, Will Guide Strategic Vision for the Future
- Jefferson Project at Lake George Continues Scientific Study of Lake
- From The Approach: A Sonar Tour of Lake George