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Freshwater Ecology Laboratory (FEL)

Investigating Molecules to Ecosystems

The Freshwater Ecology Laboratory (FEL) at the University of Massachusetts Boston conducts research on the life history, ecology, and evolution of freshwater organisms and the ecology and limnology of stream and lake ecosystems.  We use a variety of approaches such as population/molecular genetics, microbial community structure, ecological stoichiometry, geochemistry, and stable CHNOS isotopes analyses, field and laboratory experiments, and geomorphology, GIS, and statistical techniques.  Furthermore, we use habitat and fish and invertebrate communities surveys and analysis tools to assess water quality and to investigate the effects of perturbations (e.g. land use land cover change, urbanization, restoration) on freshwater communities and ecosystems.  

For more information, please visit the research, students, publications, and resources pages of the FEL web page.


Freshwater Ecology Laboratory (FEL)

100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

Contact Information
Dr. Alan Christian
Phone: 617.287.6639