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. Due to the AEL's unique partnership with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (Ohio Department of Natural Resources), we pursue an expansive, management-driven approach to questions involving Lake Erie and inland Ohio reservoirs. AEL researchers have also tackled 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.  Always feel free to reach out to faculty, staff, and students for information on recent publications and projects.



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DOW Partnership

The AEL holds a 30-year partnership with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) in which we work with DOW scientists to answer questions in fisheries ecology and conservation in Lake Erie and Ohio's inland waters. See our page on this partnership for a more in depth look at 30 years of working together.


Because of our integrative and interdisciplinary approach to research, we have and continue to rely heavily on collaborations with university, NGOs, and local, state, provincial, and federal agency partners.  See our Collaborators page for a list of our collaboration partners.

Sponsoring agencies

The AEL seeks support from a variety of sources, including NGOs, and local, state, provincial, and federal agencies. See our Sponsoring Agencies page for a list of some of our funding agencies.



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.

Areas of Outreach