Waters_MatthewMatthew Waters

Assistant Professor

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department

Education

2007 Ph.D., Environmental Sciences — UNC-Chapel Hill
2000 M.S., Aquatic Sciences — University of Florida
1997 B.S., Environmental Science — Mercer University

Professional Experience

2016-present Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University
2014-2016 Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Valdosta State University
2010-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Valdosta State University
2008-2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Shorter University
2007-2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of South Florida

Honor and Awards

2015 Graduate Faculty of the Year Award — Valdosta State University
2014 Research Faculty of the Year Award (finalist) — Valdosta State University
2007 Teacher of the Year — First Presbyterian Day School

Professional Affiliations

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
International Paleolimnology Association
North American Lake Management Society
The International Society of Limnology
National Speleological Society

Research Activities

My lab focuses on reconstructing paleoenvironments using paleolimnological techniques in order to understand how ecosystems changed in the past and to more effectively manage for the future. We collect sediment cores from lakes and reservoirs to document the materials entering these systems (nutrients, metals, charcoal, pollen) as well as the responses of the primary producer community (algae, cyanobacteria, macrophytes). Projects focus on large scale ecosystem change (eutrophication, HABs, brownification, siltation, alt-ecosystem states) from human, climate and other environmental impacts. Recently, we have also started investigating guano cores from caves to reconstruct paleoenvironments of bat communities.

Courses Taught

Soils and Environmental Quality
Climate Change Impacts
Paleolimnology
Stream Ecology
Limnology
Environmental Science

Select Publications

  • Patrick, C. H., M. N. Waters and S. W. Golladay. Accepted. The distribution and ecological role of Corbicula fluminea in a large and shallow reservoir. Bioinvasions Records.
  • Campbell, J. W., M. N. Waters and F Rich. Online First. Guano core evidence of paleoenvironmental change and Woodland Indian inhabitance in Fern Cave, Alabama, USA, from the mid-Holocene to present. Boreas DOI: 10.1111/bor.12228.ISSN0300-9483
  • Bielmyer-Fraser, G. K., M. N. Waters, C. G. Duckworth, P. P. Patel, B. C. Webster et al. Online First. Assessment of metal contamination in the biota of four rivers experiencing varying degrees of human impact. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment DOI: 10.1007/s10661-016-5738-9
  • Waters, M. N. 2016. A 4,700-year history of cyanobacteria toxin production in a shallow subtropical lake. Ecosystems 19:426-436. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-015-9943-0
  • Waters, M. N., C. L. Schelske, and M. Brenner. 2015. Cyanobacterial dynamics in shallow Lake Apopka (Florida, U.S.A.) before and after the shift from a macrophyte-dominated to a phytoplankton-dominated state. Freshwater Biology 60:1571-1580. doi:10.1111/fwb.12589
  • Waters, M. N., S. W. Golladay, C. H. Patrick, J. M. Smoak, and S. D. Shivers. 2015. The potential effects of river regulation and watershed land use on sediment characteristics and lake primary producers in a large reservoir. Hydrobiologia 749: 15-30. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-014-2142-8