About Us


What is the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL)?

The AEL is a dynamic research group that seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems. At the local level, a particularly unique relationship has developed between the AEL and the Division of Wildlife (Ohio Department of Natural Resources), allowing for a more expansive, management-driven approach to questions involving Lake Erie and inland Ohio reservoirs. (See Ohio Division of Wildlife Partnership for more information on this invaluable partnership.) AEL researchers also tackle questions in other ecosystems throughout the world, including 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; check out the rest of the website to learn more about the AEL and how these principles guide our breadth of interests.

Check out our Flickr page for photos of field work, outreach, people, and more! For any additional information or questions, reach out to one of our students, staff, or faculty members. You can also reach us using the contact information below.

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Contact the AEL
Melissa Marburger (marburger.4@osu.edu)
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
230 Research Center, 1314 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212-1156  
Phone: 614.292.1613 / Fax: 614.292.0181