Dana Infante, Ph.D.
Associate Professor334E Natural Resources
Area of Expertise: River ecology and management; landscape ecology; environmental assessment
Ph.D., Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan, 2005
M.S., Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan, 2001
B.S., Scientific Writing, University of Michigan, 1994
I investigate ways that landscape factors like geology, anthropogenic land use, and climate control physical and biological characteristics of aquatic systems, with a primary focus on fluvial systems. My work is interdisciplinary as it links tenets of landscape ecology with traditional objectives of aquatic ecology, conservation biology, and fisheries management. Further, my work includes study of hydrology, a primary means by which landscape factors affect streams. Natural resource managers increasingly call for ecosystem-wide strategies to address complex problems originating from landscape-scale stressors, and ensuring sustainable management of aquatic systems requires characterizing mechanisms of impairment originating from such stressors. In recognition of these needs, I see my expertise as being uniquely positioned to address questions relevant to management over multiple spatial scales, from national to regional to local, while simultaneously contributing to richer theoretical understanding in my field.
Effects of landscape-scale factors (i.e., geology, land cover, climate) on physical and biological features of river systems
River catchment hydrology and stream channel geomorphology
Sustainable management of aquatic systems
Aquatic Ecosystem Management, FW 414
Hydrology For Watershed Management, FW 454