Christine Kitchens

Aquatic Ecology Research Technician

4840 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9719

chknight@umich.edu

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During my undergraduate, I worked in the Soil Science Department at North Carolina State University testing groundwater quality around NC as well as testing new technology for removing arsenic from drinking water. I then transitioned to researching harmful algal bloom ecology in graduate school, specifically understanding the abundance and vitality of overwintering populations of Microcystis in Western Lake Erie. I completed my Master’s thesis in April 2017 and now work full-time monitoring summer harmful algal blooms in Western Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay. When I’m not working at the lab, I spend my time volunteering or playing way too many games (both the tabletop and electronic variety).

Education:

  • M.S., Natural Resources and Environment, Conservation Ecology, University of Michigan, 2017
  • B.S., Environmental Science, North Carolina State University, 2014

Research Interests/Area of Expertise: Harmful algal bloom ecology, water quality monitoring, nutrient cycling in freshwater, fluorescence spectrometry

Publications:

Knight, C.M. Master of Science – Thesis. 2017. Establishing Spatial And Temporal Patterns In Microcystis Sediment Seed Stock Viability And Their Relationship To Subsequent Bloom Development In Western Lake Erie. (pdf)

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Christine is a recent 2017 graduate from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. She completed her graduate work with CIGLR Research Scientist Dr. Thomas Johengen. Currently, Christine works full-time with CIGLR monitoring summer harmful algal blooms in Western Lake Erie and Saginaw BayLake Huron.