David Cannon

Assistant Research Scientist

4840 S. State Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9719


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Researcher Profile:

David Cannon, PhD, is a CIGLR Assistant Research Scientist working with the climate modeling team at NOAA GLERL to improve climate change simulations in the Great Lakes region. As a physical limnologist with more than 10 years of experience in the Laurentian Great Lakes, David is thrilled to continue working with CIGLR and studying freshwater hydrodynamics.

David completed his PhD in Civil Engineering with Cary Troy, PhD, at Purdue University (Fall 2019). His thesis work was focused on vertical mixing and nutrient cycling in Lake Michigan, where he planned and conducted dozens of field experiments to study the seasonal variability of hypolimnetic turbulence. David also worked closely with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to deploy and maintain several meteorological buoys in southern Lake Michigan, which gave him the opportunity to help with educational outreach in the area. He spent the last couple years working as postdoctoral researcher with Kelly Kibler, PhD, at the University of Central Florida, where he studied biophysical flows (mangroves, seagrass, oyster reefs) in Indian River Lagoon, a microtidal estuary on Florida’s Atlantic coast. David learned a lot about hydrodynamic modelling and coastal management, but he never stopped thinking about the Great Lakes. “I’ve always wanted to work for CIGLR/GLERL, and I’m extremely excited to start collaborating with the research team in Ann Arbor,” says David.

    • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University (2019)
    • M.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University (2016)
    • B.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University (2014)
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
    • Physical Limnology
    • Ecohydraulics, Canopy Flow
    • Turbulence
    • Ice Modelling
Recent Publications: 

Cannon, D., C. Troy, H. Bootsma, Q. Liao, R. Maclellan-Hurd (2021). Characterizing the seasonal variability of hypolimnetic mixing in a large, deep lake. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. (DOI:10.1029/2021JC017533). [Altmeric Score]

Tellier, J., Kalejs, N., Leonhardt, B., Cannon, D. Höök, T., Collingsworth, P. (2021) Widespread prevalence of hypoxia and the classification of hypoxic conditions in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2021.11.004). [Altmeric Score]

Cannon, D., K. Kibler, V. Kitsikoudis (2021). Benthic flow and mixing in a shallow shoal grass (Halodule wrightii) fringe. Geosciences. 11 (115). (DOI:10.3390/geosciences11030115). 

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Recent Presentations:

Cannon, D., K. Kibler, V. Kitsikoudis, L. Walters, S. Medeiros (2021) Canopy-flow interactions in Mosquito Lagoon: A review of recent work on eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs and shallow shoal grass (Halodule wrightii) fringes. Indian River Lagoon Symposium, Online. February 18-19, 2021.

Cannon, D., K. Kibler, V. Kitsikoudis, S. Medeiros, L. Walters (2020) The effects of oyster reef restoration on flow and turbulence characteristics in a microtidal estuary. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Online. December 1-17, 2020.

Cannon, D., C. Troy, H. Bootsma, Q. Liao, R. MacLellan-Hurd, T. Jin (2019) Ice-free radiative convection in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Invited Speaker: École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. June 18, 2019.

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