Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Professor

Kendra Spence Cheruvelil

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

480 Wilson Rd
Room 13 Natural Resources Bldg.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office: 1A Natural Resources Building

Lyman Briggs College

919 E. Shaw Lane
Room 35 East Holmes Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48825
Office: 189 East Holmes Hall

Tel: 517-353-9528

I have been at Michigan State University since 2006. My position is a joint appointment between the Lyman Briggs College (the residential college for scientific study in a societal context) and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Although my scholarly work focuses on limnology, I also do some Disciplinary-Based Education Research. I am also actively engaged with the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program, the Center for Water Science, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program on campus.

I am a landscape limnologist who works collaboratively to examine the roles that disturbance (human and natural) and heterogeneity have on lake biology and chemistry across scales of time and space. I address questions that advance scientific understanding and are directly applicable to aquatic ecosystem management and conservation. In addition, my research explicitly includes the economic and social factors that both affect lakes and drive their management and conservation. My main areas of interest include examining the role of a) aquatic plants (native and alien) and their management in lake foodwebs and b) the landscape in structuring lake biology and chemistry. My students, collaborators, and I use a variety of approaches to conduct our research, such as lake field surveys, mesocosm experiments, and computational approaches (e.g. multi-level modeling, constrained spectral clustering, agent-based modeling).

Please explore further using the tabs along the left to learn more about what my students, collaborators, and I are doing.

Interested in learning what a professor's sabbatical is like? Check out my professional blog written while I was at Queen's University Belfast during August 2013-July 2014 - Blog here.

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