Jess Corman

Title PhD student

I am broadly interested in biogeochemical cycling, and how nutrient cycles are coupled – or not – in lake ecosystems. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, I worked in Laurie Drinkwater's lab studying soil nutrient cycling processes in agroecosystems.  For my undergraduate honors thesis, under the mentorship of Alex Flecker, I conducted research in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, as part of the Nyanza Project.  My project focused on the role of upwelling on lake primary productivity, linking the hydrologic process between the pelagic and littoral zones of the lake. I also investigated the role of bathymetric variation on nutrient inputs in Lake Tanganyika's littoral zone. Before diving back into the aquatic world for my PhD research with Jim Elser at ASU, I spent several post-baccalaureate years in Washington, DC, working at the National Science Foundation with the Ecosystem Studies and Long-Term Ecological Research programs.



J. R. Corman, P. B. McIntyre, B.Kuboja, W. Mbemba, D. Fink, C. W. Wheeler. C. Gans, E. Michel, and A. S. Fleckera. 2010. Upwelling couples chemical and biological dynamics across the littoral and pelagiczones of Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Limnol. Oceanogr., 55(1), 214-224.