Kathryn L. Cottingham

Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program

My research interests are very broad and include the dynamics of lake plankton communities, linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the applications of ecological principles to public and environmental health.  Lab members typically work collaboratively on topics of mutual interest using observations, experiments, and models.  Our work often has a strong statistical component.

124 Life Sciences Center
HB 6044
Biological Sciences
B.A. Drew University
M.S. University of Wisconsin at Madison
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison

Selected Publications

O’Donnell+, D.R., S.B. Fey#, and K.L. Cottingham. 2013. Nutrient availability influences kairomone-induced defenses in Scenedesmus acutus (Chlorophyceae). Journal of Plankton Research 35(1):191-200.

Fey#, S.B. and K.L. Cottingham. 2012. Thermal sensitivity predicts the establishment success of non-native species in a mesocosm warming experiment. Ecology 93(11):2313–2320.

Carey#, C.C., H.A. Ewing, K.L. Cottingham, K.C. Weathers, R.Q. Thomas#, and J.F. Haney. 2012. Occurrence, toxicity, and potential ecological consequences of the cyanobacterium Gloeotrichia echinulata for low-nutrient lakes in the northeastern United States. Aquatic Ecology 46(4) 395-409.

Davis#, M.A., T.A. MacKenzie, K.L. Cottingham, D. Gilbert-Diamond, T. Punshon, and M.R. Karagas. 2012. Rice consumption and urinary arsenic concentrations in U.S. children. Environmental Health Perspectives 120(10):1418-24.

Gruber+, J.F., M.R. Karagas, D. Gilbert-Diamond, P. Bagley, M.S. Zens, V. Sayarath, T. Punshon, J.S. Morris, and K.L. Cottingham*.  2012. Associations between toenail arsenic accumulation and dietary factors in a New Hampshire population. Nutrition Journal 11:45. (* = corresponding author)

Jackson, B P, V F Taylor, M R Karagas, T Punshon and K L Cottingham. 2012. Arsenic, organic foods, and brown rice syrup. Environmental Health Perspectives 120(5):623-626.

Jackson, B.P., T. Punshon, V.F. Taylor, and K.L. Cottingham. 2012. Arsenic concentration and speciation in infant formulas and first foods. Pure and Applied Chemistry 84(2): 215–223.

Gilbert-Diamond*, D, K L Cottingham*, J F Gruber, T Punshon, V Sayarath, A J Gandolfi, E R Baker, B Jackson, and M R Karagas. 2011. Arsenic exposure from rice consumption raises a health concern. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:20656-20660. (* = co-first authors)

Adler, P B, and 57 co-authors. 2011. Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness. Science 333:1750-1753.

Fey, S B and K L Cottingham. 2011. Linking biotic interactions and climate change to the success of exotic Daphnia lumholtzi . Freshwater Biology 56:2196-2209.

Fey, S B, Z A Mayer, S C Davis, and K L Cottingham. 2010. Zooplankton grazing of Gloeotrichia echinulata and associated life history consequences. Journal of Plankton Research 32(9):1337-1347. [Winner of the 2010 David Cushing Prize for the best paper in JPR by a lead author under age 35.]

Carey, C C, K C Weathers, and K L Cottingham. 2008. Gloeotrichia echinulata in an oligotrophic lake: helpful insights from eutrophic lakes. Journal of Plankton Research __ 30:893-904.

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Selected Works and Activities

Opening Pandora’s Box with a Biotic Key: Can Cyanobacterial Blooms in Nutrient-Poor Lakes Accelerate Eutrophication?

Food borne exposure to arsenic during pregnancy and the first year of life

The effect of temperature on species interactions and food web structure in lake plankton communities