Flathead Lake Biological Station Researcher Receives Award

December 29, 2016

MISSOULA – University of Montana Assistant Research Professor Shawn Devlin recently received a national award for a paper he co-wrote on how methane emission from lakes can be manipulated by altering the food web.

Devlin conducts aquatic ecology research at UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. He is the recipient of the Raymond L. Lindeman Award, which honors one young scientist each year for an outstanding, peer-reviewed paper in the aquatic sciences. The award is given by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Devlin will receive his award at the annual Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Hawaii in February.

The paper, “Top consumer abundance influences lake methane efflux,” was published in the journal Nature Communications in 2015. Find it online at http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms9787

Flathead Lake Biological Station Director Emeritus Jack Stanford nominated the paper for the Lindeman Award.

“I expect this innovative paper to be highly cited in the coming years, given its unique combination of whole-ecosystem experimentation, microbial ecology and biogeochemistry as well as its important implications for the role of lakes in global methane and carbon cycling and thus to climate change,” Stanford wrote in his nomination.

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Contact: Shawn Devlin, assistant research professor, UM Flathead Lake Biological Station, 406-982-3301, shawn.devlin@umontana.edu.