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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emily Whitaker

Past Fellow
Master's Candidate
University of Wisconsin Madison

Research Interests

The focus of my research is to examine the productivity under lake ice and how changing climate impacts winter lake ecology.  To do this I will be looking at phytoplankton slides dating back 30 years to examine seasonal shifts in community structures. I will also be looking at how light attenuation effects productivity under the ice through a snow manipulation experiment.


Recent Publications (not NE CASC sponsored)

  • Whitaker, E. C., Reed, D. E. and Desai, A. R. (2016), Lake ice measurements from soil water content reflectometer sensors. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods, 14: 224–230. doi:10.1002/lom3.10083 


B.S. Physics, Dickinson College, 2017, Carlisle, PA


Department of Freshwater and Marine Sciences, Center for Limnology


Research Assistant, UW-Madison Center for Limnology, August 2018-present
Teaching Assistant, UW-Madison Department of Zoology, Fall 2018
Lab Manager, Dartmouth College, Contextual Dynamics Lab, June 2017-June 2018