My research focuses on the interaction between landscape structure, species assemblages, and biogeochemical cycling in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  While most of my work occurs in streams (lately of which are mostly in Iceland), we have also worked in restored Minnesota prairies.

I am interested in how environmental gradients shape the development of communities and food web dynamics, and the feedbacks between organisms and nutrient cycling. Ultimately, my work aims to link species composition to ecosystem processes in ways that help us better predict the consequences of environmental change (e.g., climate and land use).  

This work relies heavily on field-based experimental manipulations of species interactions and resource environments, coupled with landscape-scale surveys, lab and field-based physiological assays, and development of quantitative models.

Jill Welter
Associate Professor of Biology

Research Interests
Ecosystem science, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem ecology; biogeochemical cycling; consumer-resource interactions; environmental gradients; river networks.

1991  B.S.  Biology and Environmental Studies - University of Oregon
2004  Ph.D.  School of Life Sciences - Arizona State University
2005  Postdoctoral Research Associate.  Integrative Biology - UC Berkeley
National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED)

BIOL 1110:  Environmental Biology
BIOL 1220:  General Biology II - Ecology, Evolution and Plant Biology
BIOL 3050:  General Ecology
BIOL 4994:  Topics - Aquatic Ecology
BIOL 4994:  Topics - Ecosystems & Global Change
CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman
HNRS 4994: Writing Environmental Wrongs: Literature and Ecology of the Prairie
(co-taught with Cecilia Konchar Farr, English Department, Fall 2010)





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