Kathryn L. Cottingham

Academic Appointments

Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Professor, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) Graduate Program
Fellow, Ecological Society of America
On leave for 2017-18 to be a Program Officer for the National Science Foundation

My research interests 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.

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124 Life Sciences Center
HB 6044
Biological Sciences
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. Drew University
M.S. University of Wisconsin at Madison
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison

Selected Publications

Cottingham, K.L., S.B. Fey, K.J. Fritschie, and J.V. Trout-Haney. 2017. Advancing ecosystem science by promoting greater use of theory and multiple research approaches in graduate education. Ecosystems 20:267-273. DOI 10.1007/s10021-016-0070-3

Carey, C.C., B.L. Brown, and K.L. Cottingham. 2017. Cyanobacterial blooms increase the stability and network complexity of phytoplankton communities. Ecosphere 8(7):e01830.  DOI 10.1002/ecs2.1830

Cubadda, F., B.P. Jackson, K.L. Cottingham, Y. Ornelas van Horne, and M. Kurzius-Spencer. 2017. Human exposure to dietary inorganic arsenic and other arsenic species: state of knowledge, gaps and uncertainties. Science of the Total Environment 579:1228-1239. DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.108

Trout-Haney, J.V., Z.T. Wood and K.L. Cottingham. 2016. Presence of cyanotoxins in Arctic lakes of southwestern Greenland. Toxins 8(9), 256.  DOI 10.3390/toxins8090256

Wilson, R.S.,  D.J. Hardisty, R.S. Epanchin-Niell, M.C. Runge, K.L. Cottingham, D.L. Urban, L.A. Maguire, A. Hastings, P.J. Mumby, and D.P.C. Peters. 2016. A typology of timescale mismatches and behavioral interventions to diagnose and solve conservation problems. Conservation Biology 30(1):42-49. DOI 10.1111/cobi.12632

Karagas, M.R., T. Punshon, V. Sayarath, B.P. Jackson, C.L. Folt, and K.L. Cottingham. 2016. Rice and rice product consumption early in life and arsenic exposure. JAMA Pediatrics 170(6):609-616. DOI 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0120

Carignan, C.C., K.L. Cottingham, B.P. Jackson, S.F. Farzan, A.J. Gandolfi, T. Punshon, C.L. Folt, and M.R. Karagas. 2015. Estimated exposure to arsenic in breastfed and formula-fed infants in a United States cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives 123(5):500-506. (* = co-first authors; ° = corresponding author)

Cottingham, K.L., H.A. Ewing, M.L. Greer, C.C. Carey, and K.C. Weathers. 2015. Cyanobacteria as drivers of lake nitrogen and phosphorus cycling. Ecosphere 6(1):1. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00174.1.

Speaking Engagements

August 2014:  Delivered the Scientific Plenary talk at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA:  "Wearing an ecologist’s hat and facing a world of change"


Selected Works and Activities

Cyanobacterial blooms in low-nutrient lakes

Food borne exposure to arsenic during pregnancy and early childhood

Landscape limnology in Greenland