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Nicole Wagner

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Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Office: 337 DH
(248) 370-4497
Lab location: 207 DH
[email protected]
Wagner lab website


BIO 4900/5900 Special Topics: Lake Ecology


Dr. Wagner’s research examines how aquatic organisms are impacted by nutrients and anthropogenic stressors. Research focal areas include eco-physiology and life-history traits of plankton, population dynamics and biogeochemical cycles. Combinations of laboratory experiments and observational studies are used to answer research questions.

Current research interests include:

  1. Stoichiometric regulation of toxin production in harmful cyanobacteria blooms.
  2. How nutrient and contaminant exposure affect the growth, life-history, and population dynamics of phytoplankton and zooplankton.

Selected Publications:

Nicole Wagner list of publications

Wagner, N.D. E. Quach, S. Buscho, A. Ricciardelli, A. Kannan, S. Win Naung, G. Phillip, B. Sheppard, L. Ferguson, A. Allen, C. Sharon, J.R. Duke, R.B. Taylor, B.J. Austin, J.K. Stovall, B.E. Haggard, C.K. Chambliss, B.W. Brooks and J.T. Scott (2021). Nitrogen form, concentration, and micronutrient availability affect microcystin production in cyanobacterial blooms. Harmful Algae 103: 102002 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2021.102002.

Peace, A, P.C. Frost, N.D. Wagner, M. Danger, C. Accolla, P. Antczak, B.W. Brooks, D.M. Costello, R.A. Everett, K.B. Flores, C.M. Heggerud, R. Karimi, Y. Kang, Y. Kuang, J.H. Larson, T. Mathews, G.D. Mayer, J.N. Murdock, C.A. Murphy, R.M. Nisbet, L. Pecquerie, N. Pollesch, E.M. Rutter, K.L. Schulz, J.T. Scott, L. Stevenson and H. Wang (2021). Stoichiometric ecotoxicology for a multi-substance world. BioScience: biaa160. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biaa160.

Wagner, N.D., F.S. Osburn, J. Wang, R.B. Taylor, A.R. Boedecker, C.K. Chambliss, B.W. Brooks and J.T. Scott (2019). Biological stoichiometry regulates toxin production in Microcystis aeruginosa (UTEX 2385). Toxins, 11:601. doi: 10.3390/toxins11100601.

Wagner, N.D., A.J. Simpson and M.J. Simpson (2017). Metabolic responses to sub-lethal contaminant exposure in neonate and adult Daphnia magna. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 36: 938-946. doi: 10.1002/etc.3604.

Wagner, N.D., B. Lankadurai, M.J. Simpson, A.J. Simpson and P.C. Frost (2015). Metabolomic differentiation of nutritional stress in an aquatic invertebrate. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 88:43-52. doi: 10.1086/679637.

Wagner, N.D., H. Hillebrand, A. Wacker and P.C. Frost. (2013). Nutritional indicators and their uses in ecology. Ecology Letters. 16: 535-544. doi: 10.1111/ele.12067.

Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225