Allison Rober

Allison Rober

Associate Professor of Environmental Biology


Room:FB 302

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Michigan State University, Ph.D., 2012
Michigan State University, B.Sc., 2005

Research Interests

In the algal community ecology lab we examine how environmental conditions in freshwater ecosystems regulate algal community structure and function. Much of our research focuses on how processes related to ongoing climate change (e.g., variable hydrology, light availability, nutrient enrichment, and warming) influence algal community composition in wetlands and the potential consequences for food web structure. Our lab also examines associations between environmental conditions and the occurrence of toxin-producing cyanobacteria in an effort to build a model to predict the abundance and distribution of harmful algal blooms in lakes located within agriculturally dominated watersheds.

Recent Publications

Walls, J.T., K.H. Wyatt, J.C. Doll, E.M. Rubenstein, & A.R. Rober. 2018. Hot and Toxic: Temperature regulates toxin release by cyanobacteria. Science of the Total Environment 610–611: 786–795.

DeColibus, D.T., A.R. Rober, A.M. Sampson, A. Shurzinske, J.T. Walls, M.R. Turetsky, & K.H. Wyatt. 2017. Legacy effects of drought alters the aquatic food web of a northern boreal peatland. Freshwater Biology 62: 1377–1388.

Rober A.R., R.J. Stevenson, & K.H. Wyatt. 2015. The role of light availability and herbivory on algal responses to nutrient enrichment in a riparian wetland, Alaska. Journal of Phycology 51(3): 528–535.

Wyatt K.H., J.S. Bange, A.S. Fitzgibbon, M.J. Bernot, & A.R. Rober. 2015. Nutrients and temperature interact to regulate algae and heterotrophic bacteria in an Alaskan poor fen peatland. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 447–453.

Rober A.R., K.H. Wyatt, R.J. Stevenson, & M.R. Turetsky. 2014. Spatial and temporal variability of algal community dynamics and productivity in floodplain wetlands along the Tanana River, Alaska. Freshwater Science 33(3): 765–777.

Wyatt, K.H., A.R. Rober, N. Schmidt, & I.R. Davison. 2014. Effects of desiccation and rewetting on the release and decomposition of dissolved organic carbon from benthic macroalgae. Freshwater Biology 59: 407–416.

Rober A.R., K.H. Wyatt, M.R. Turetsky, & R.J. Stevenson. 2013. Algal community response to experimental and interannual variation in hydrology in an Alaskan boreal fen. Freshwater Science 32: 1–11

Wyatt K.H., M.R. Turetsky, A.R. Rober, D. Giroldo, E.S. Kane, & R. J. Stevenson. 2012. Contributions of algae to GPP and DOC production in an Alaskan fen: effects of historical water table manipulations on ecosystem responses to a natural flood. Oecologia 169: 821–832.

Rober A.R., K.H. Wyatt, & R.J. Stevenson. 2011. Regulation of algal structure and function by grazing and nutrients in a boreal wetland. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(3): 787-796.

Soranno P.A., T. Wagner, S.L. Martin, C. McLean, L.N. Novitski, C.D. Provence, & A.R. Rober. 2011. Determining regional reference conditions for freshwater ecosystem management: a comparison of approaches and recommendations. Lake and Reservoir Management 27(2): 138-148.

Kasischke E.S., L.L. Bourgeau-Chavez, A.R. Rober, K.H. Wyatt, J.M. Waddington, & M.R. Turetsky. 2009. Effects of soil moisture and water depth on ERS SAR backscatter measurements from an Alaskan wetland complex. Remote Sensing of Environment 113 (9): 1868-1873.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Ecology 216 1 1200 - 1250 M W F FB, room 340