Steven Kohler

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Steven Kohler
Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Office: 
(269) 387-2987
Location: 
3938 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Mailing address: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA
Research interests: 
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Population and community ecology
Bio: 

Dr. Steven Kohler is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the environmental and sustainability studies program at Western Michigan University.

Kohler's research focuses on the nature of interactions among species and the consequences of these interactions for the dynamics of populations and the structure of communities. These questions are addressed with experimental and observational approaches over a broad range of temporal and spatial scales, using trout streams as a model system. His team is using replicated, long-term whole-stream perturbations, brought about by the disease-induced collapse of populations of a dominant competitor, to address questions regarding the:

  • Effects of biotic processes and disturbance on the food web structure.
  • Importance of disease in the dynamics of host populations and the structure and dynamics of communities.
  • Resilience of communities to perturbations in food web structure.

Kohler is also interested in the responses of stream systems to environmental perturbations and restoration activities at local to watershed scales.

Students in Kohler's laboratory:

  • Rachel Bredernitz, M.S. degree program
  • Julie Ryan, Ph.D. degree program
  • Phil Sawatzki, M.S. degree program

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