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Rebecca North Assistant Professor

University of Missouri

Academic Background

Rebecca North is an Assistant Professor of Water Quality at the University of Missouri in Columbia, USA. She is an emerging researcher in aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry with expertise on nutrient and algal dynamics in water bodies. She addresses questions regarding the sources and timing of nutrient loading from land to lake. She is a former postdoctoral fellow working with the Global Institute for Water Security's Lake Diefenbaker research.

Rebecca completed her PhD in Limnology at the University of Waterloo in 2008. Her dissertation highlighted the important interrelationships between macronutrients and micronutrients as potential controls on freshwater primary productivity. As a post-doctoral fellow at Trent University (2008-12), she continued her work on eutrophication issues, specifically that agricultural land use can have a significant effect on phosphorus bioavailability and that high rates of under-ice primary production may challenge the current paradigm of lake metabolism. 

She is a member of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (SIL), American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Phycological Society of America (PSA), International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) and Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL).

Research Keywords and Interests

  • Eutrophication issues
  • Phytoplankton physiology and ecology
  • Land use practices and nutrient bioavailability
  • Nutrient limitation of algae
  • Aquatic biogeochemistry