Alain Isabwe

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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


Alain Isabwe is a postdoctoral research fellow working with CIGLR and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. He is interested in understanding how global warming and land cover change affect freshwater algae at different spatio-temporal scales. His current project aims at applying statistical models to improve our ability to predict algal bloom development in the Great Lakes.

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2019
  • M.Sc. in Natural Science, Xiamen University, 2014
  • B.Sc. in Biology with Education, Kigali Institute of Education, 2010
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Ecological data analysis and modeling
  • Microbial community ecology
  • Environmental metagenomics
  • Anthropogenic impacts on freshwaters



Recent Publications:

Isabwe A, Yang JR, Wang YM, Wilkinson DM, Graham EB, Chen HH, Yang J. 2022. Riverine bacterioplankton and phytoplankton assembly along an environmental gradient induced by urbanization. Limnology and Oceanography, 67:1943-1958. (DOI:10.1002/lno.12179). [Altmetric Score]

Isabwe A, Yao H, Zhang S, Jiang Y, Breed M, Sun X. 2022. Spatial assortment of soil organisms supports the size-plasticity hypothesis. ISME Communications, 2: 1-11. (DOI:10.21203/ [Altmetric Score]

Manirakiza B, Zhang S, Addo FG, Isabwe A, Nsabimana A. 2021. Exploring microbial diversity and ecological function of epiphytic and surface sediment biofilm communities in a shallow tropical lake. Science of the Total Environment, 808-151821. (DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151821). [Altmetric Score]

All Publications


Isabwe A, Yang JR, Wang YM, Liu LM, Chen HH, Yang J. 2015. Distribution of notorious bloom-forming phytoplankton in a subtropical river, southeast China, SIL Plankton Ecology, 20–24 November, 2015, Guangzhou, China, pp 37.

Isabwe A, Yang JR, Wang YM, Liu LM, Chen HH, Yang J. 2016. Cyanobacteria dominate surface waters of the anthropologically transformed river ridges in a subtropical river (Jiulong River, China). Poster B11, International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria, 23–28 October, 2016, Wuhan, China.

Yang J, Lv H, Isabwe A, Liu LM, Yu X, Chen HH. 2017. Harmful cyanobacteria dynamics in subtropical reservoirs. Proceedings of the 2017 Annual conference of Chinese Society of Microbial Ecology, 20–23 October, 2017, Beijing, China.

Isabwe A, Peng F, Wang YM, Chen HH, Ren KX, Yang J. Seasonal dynamics of bacterial community and antibiotic resistant genes in a subtropical river-reservoir system. Joint Minimally Invasive Surgery and 3rd Biotechnology Conference. 26–27 September 2019, Kigali, Rwanda.