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About the Aquatic Ecology Lab

What is the AEL?

The AEL is a dynamic research group that seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems. We pursue an expansive, management-driven approach to questions involving Lake Erie and inland Ohio reservoirs and watersheds. AEL researchers have also tackled questions in other ecosystems throughout the world, including the effects of flow-regime on fish populations in prairie streams in the western U.S., multiple stressor effects on Lake Tanganyika cichlids and Atlantic coast salmonids, hypoxia impacts on coastal marine fishes, and the relationship between terrestrial land use and freshwater biodiversity.

The core principles of the AEL are Research, Collaboration, and Outreach. Always feel free to reach out to faculty, staff, and students for information on recent publications and projects.



Collaboration is key to the success of all research programs, and the AEL works hard to seek and maintain research partnerships with university, NGO, and local, state, provincial, and federal agencies. See below for information on the AEL's important research partnership with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, as well as information on key research collaborators and sponsors.

Decades of Partnership: Ohio Division of Wildlife - The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL) holds a more than 30 year partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife (DOW) in which our faculty, postdocs, and students work with DOW biologists and scientists to answer questions in fisheries ecology and conservation in Lake Erie and inland lakes/reservoirs throughout Ohio


Outreach is one of the AEL's core principles because we believe it paves the way for stewardship. We don't believe science can be complete without effectively sharing findings, so we work hard at sharing ours. See more information on our outreach page.


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How to find us

Find a map and directions to our lab here.

230 Research Center
1314 Kinnear Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43212