Freya Rowland

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

4840 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Freya is a CIGLR Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Drs. Craig Stow (GLERL) and Thomas Johengen (CIGLR) to build statistical models of harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Previously, Freya used a combination of field studies, mesocosms and quantitative tools to understand some basic questions about pond food webs and ecosystem functioning. Her research questions included examining the relative strength of top-down vs. bottom-up dynamics in ponds, manipulating cross-ecosystem subsidies of leaf litter, and examining green vs. brown energy pathways in ponds. Her interests also include the role of pond-breeding amphibians in shaping pond processes (for example, nutrient cycling and primary production), and how basal resources of a pond influence the success of larval amphibians.


Ph.D. 2018, University of Missouri, Ecology

M.S. 2010, Miami University, Aquatic Ecology

B.S. 2007,University of Wisconsin – Madison, Biology and German

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

Great Lakes, Inland Lakes, Wetlands, Streams, the Mississippi, Stormwater, Harmful Algae Blooms

*indicates undergraduate co-author

Anderson, T.L., F.E. Rowland, and R.D. Semlitsch (in press). Asymmetric effects of phenological shifts and larval density on intraguild
predation between salamanders. Oecologia.

Burkhart, J.J., W.E. Peterman, E. Brocato*, K. Romine*, M.M. Willis*, B.H. Ousterhout, T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, F.E. Rowland, R.D. Semlitsch, and L. Eggert. 2017. The influence of breeding phenology on the genetic structure of four pond-breeding salamanders. Ecology and Evolution 7(13):4670–4681.

Rowland, F.E., M.B. Rawlings*, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2017. Joint effects of resources and amphibians on pond ecosystems. Oecologia 183(1): 237-247.

Rowland, F.E., S.K. Tuttle*, M.J. González and M.J. Vanni. 2016. Canopy cover and anurans: nutrients are the most important predictor of growth and development. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94: 225-232.

Rowland, F.E., K.J. Bricker*, M.J. Vanni, and M.J. González. 2015. Light and nutrients regulate energy transfer through benthic and pelagic food chains. Oikos 124(12): 1648–1663.

Rowland, F.E. 2015. R – A free solution for statistics and graphing. Stormwater Journal 16(2): 10-11.

Rowland, F.E. 2014. The Statistics Behind BMP Monitoring. Stormwater Journal 15(3): 10-11.

Schussler, E.E., F.E. Rowland, C.A. Distel, J.M. Bauman, M.L. Keppler, Y. Kawarasaki, M.R. McCarthy, A. Glover, and H. Salem. 2011. Promoting the Development of Graduate Student Teaching Philosophy Statements. Journal of College Science Teaching 40(3): 32-35.

Rowland, F.E., 2010. Light and nutrients differentially regulate energy transfer through experimental benthic and pelagic food chains. Master’s Thesis, Miami University

Kamarainen, A.M., F.E. Rowland, R. Biggs, and S.R. Carpenter. 2008. Zooplankton and the Total Phosphorus-Chlorophyll a Relationship: Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis of Measurement Error. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 2644-2655.