CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Melanie Ann Riedinger-Whitmore, Ph.D.

Environmental Science, Policy and Geography Program

University of South Florida – St. Petersburg

140 Seventh Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5016

Work phone:  727-553-4971, Fax:  727-553-1526

E-mail:  mariedin@stpt.usf.edu

 

 

Employment

Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Geography Program, University of

            South Florida-St. Petersburg, 2005 –

Visiting Professor, Stetson College of Law, Gulfport, Fall 2005.

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Geography Program, University of

            South Florida - St. Petersburg, 2003 - 2005.

Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, 1999 - 2003.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, 1993 ‑ 1999.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, 1991 ‑ 1993.

Instructor, General Biology Program, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, 1990 ‑ 1991.

Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, 1989 ‑ 1990.

Research Associate, Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University, Summer 1984 ‑ 1987, 1988 ‑ 1989.

Teaching Associate, Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University, 1983 ‑ 1988.

 

Education

Ph.D.   Zoology                        The Ohio State University                                 1993    

M.S.    Zoology                        The Ohio State University                                 1986

B.S.     Biological Sciences       Northern Kentucky University                           1983

                       

Teaching Experience

Graduate-level:  Quaternary Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Historical and Contemporary

            Patterns in Species Diversity, Biological Literature, Graduate Seminar.

Undergraduate:  Wetland Environments*, Florida Ecosystems*, General Ecology, Principles of

Ecology*, Freshwater Ecology**,Aquatic Biology**, Biogeography**, Phycology, Invertebrate Zoology,

Biology I – Cellular  Processes* (major’s introductory course), Biology of Organisms (major’s introductory course),

Biology of Populations (major’s introductory course), Introduction to Biology (general education course),

Changing Natural Environment (general education course), General Microbiology. 

* USF-St. Petersburg; ** USF-St. Petersburg & NEIU.

 

Research Experience

Paleolimnology of Florida temperate and subtropical lakes: 1999 - Present.

Paleolimnology of hypersaline lakes and lagoons, Galapagos Islands: 1991 ‑ Present.  Paleolimnology of Andean and Amazonian lakes,

Ecuador: 1988 ‑ 1992. 

Diatom taxonomy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia: 1986. 

Culture and taxonomic studies of tropical and temperate freshwater diatoms: 1983 ‑ 1986. Physiological ecology of marine

invertebrates: 1981 ‑ 1982.

 

Field Experience

Subtropical and Temperate Paleolimnology:  Florida, 1999 - 2006.

Temperate Paleolimnology: Indiana Dunes, Indiana, 1994.

Tropical Paleolimnology and Limnology: Galapagos Islands, 1991; Ecuadorian Andes, 1984, 1986, 1988, and

Amazonia, 1988.  Tropical Marine Biology: Bahamas, 1981.

 

Dissertation

The application of fossil diatom assemblages in reconstructing mid- to late-Holocene climate in the neotropics: 

The Paleolimnology of Huarmicocha and LakeAyauchi, Ecuador.  The Ohio State University, 1993.  292 pp. 

 

Publications

Whitmore, T.J., M. Brenner, K. Kolasa, W.F. Kenney, M.A. Riedinger-Whitmore, J.H. Curtis,

            and J.M. Smoak.  Inadvertent alkalization of a Florida lake caused by increased nutrient

            and solute loading to its watershed.  Journal of Paleolimnology (in revision).

Brenner, M., T.J.Whitmore, M.A. Riedinger-Whitmore, B. DeArmond,  D.A. Leeper, W.F.

            Kenney, J.H.Curtis, and B. Shumate.  Geochemical and biological consequences of

            groundwater augmentation in lakes of west-central Florida (USA).   Journal

of Paleolimnology.  Accepted for publication (in revision). 

Riedinger-Whitmore, M., T.J. Whitmore, M. Brenner, A. Moore, J.M. Smoak, J. Curtis, and

            C. Schelske.  2005.  Cyanobacterial proliferation is a recent response to eutrophication in

            Many Florida lakes:  a  paleolimnological assessment.  Lake and Reservoir

            Management, 21(4):423-435.

Whitmore, T.J., and M. Riedinger-Whitmore.  2004.  Lake management programs:  the

            importance of sediment assessment studies.  Lakeline.  Spring 2004: 27-30.       

Riedinger, M.A., M. Steinitz-Kannan, W.M. Last, and M.Brenner.  2002.  A ~ 6100 14C yr

record of El Niño activity from the Galápagos Islands.  Journal of Paleolimnology 27:1-7.

Steinitz-Kannan, M., M. A. Riedinger, W. Last, M. Brenner, and M.C. Miller.  1998.  Un registro de 6,000 años de manifestaciones intensas del fenómeno de el Niño en sedimentos de lagunas de las islas Galápagos.  Bulletin del’Institut Français d’Etudes Andines 27(3):581-592.

Riedinger, M., M. Steinitz‑Kannan, W. Last, and M. Brenner.  1997.  A high‑resolution paleoenvironmental record from Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galapagos Islands. Wurzburger Geographische Manuscripte, Heft 41:169.

 

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. Nienaber, M. Riedinger, and R. Kannan.  1993.  The fossil diatoms of Lake Yambo,   Ecuador.  A possible record of El Niño events.  Bull. L'Institut Français d'Études Andines 22:227‑241.

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. Nienaber, and M. Riedinger.  1992.  The fossil diatoms of Lake Yambo, Ecuador; a 2500‑year record of intense El Niño events.  Paleo‑ENSO records international symposium extended abstracts, ORSTOM and Instituto Geofisico del Peru, Lima, p. 295‑298.  

Colinvaux, P.A., M.B. Bush, K.‑b. Liu, P.E. De Oliveira, M. Steinitz‑Kannan, M. Riedinger, and

M. Miller.  1989.  Amazon without refugia: vegetation and climate of the Amazon basin through a glacial cycle.  Int. Symp. on Global changes in South America during the Quaternary: Past‑Present‑Future. Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. Riedinger, and M. Miller.  1987. Las diatomeas del Ecuador: II.  Diatomeas de la laguna de Limoncocha, Provincia de Napo.  Publicaciones del Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales. 5(7):51‑77.

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. Nienaber, M. Riedinger, L.Harrel, and M. Miller.  1982.  Estudios limnologicos en la Laguna de San Marcos con descripciones de las especies principales de diatomeas.  Publicationes del Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales. 3(3):39‑65.

 

Presentations

Riedinger, M.A., T.J. Whitmore, M. Brenner, C.L. Schelske, J.M. Smoak, and J. Curtis.  2005.

Threshold responses of cyanobacteria to eutrophication:  paleolimnological evidence of alternative stable states in Florida lakes.  American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2005 meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb 20-25. .

Last, W.M., N.A. Bryksina, M.A. Riedinger-Whitmore, and K. Baxter.  2004.  ENSO frequency

            and periodicity as interpreted from the 6200-year-long record from Bainbridge Crater

            Lake, Galapagos.  Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, November.

Riedinger-Whitmore, M.A., T.J. Whitmore, M. Brenner, J. Smoak, and J. Curtis.  2004.  Algal populations and water quality in Florida lakes: sedimentary evidence of anthropogenic impact.  Invited paper presented at the joint assembly of the American Geophysical Union, the Canadian Geophysical Union, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, Montreal, Canada, May 17-21.

Riedinger-Whitmore, M.A., T.J. Whitmore and J. Smoak.  2003.  Sedimented algal-pigment and

diatom evidence of trophic state trends in Florida lakes.  Presented at the 17th North American Diatom Symposium, Lower Matecumbe Island, Florida Keys, October 21-26.

Bryksina, N.A., W.M. Last, K. Baxter, and M. Riedinger.  2003.  Fractal characteristics of

            Bainbridge Crater Lake sediment gray-scale intensity data documenting the frequency

            and intensity of Holocene El Nino/Southern Oscillation events.  Complexity and Fractals

            in Nature Conference, Vancouver, British Colombia.

Last, W.M., N.A. Bryksina, K. Baxter, M. Riedinger and M. Brenner.  2003.  Mineralogy,

            geochemistry & event stratigraphy of Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galapagos Islands.

            International Limnogeology Congress, Tucson, Arizona.

Whitmore, T., and M. Riedinger.  2001.  Characterization of pre-disturbance water-quality

conditions in Florida lakes using sedimented diatoms and algal pigments.  Florida

Department of Environmental Protection, Bioassessment Criteria Committee Meeting,

Orlando FL, July 17.

 

Riedinger, M., T. Whitmore, M. Brenner, J. Curtis, A. Moore, and C.L. Schelske.  2000.

Sedimented alga pigment profiles from Florida lakes: algal community responses to        eutrophication.  20th International Symposium, North American Lake Management

Society, Miami, Florida, November.

Last, W.M., S. Pooler, R. Belsham, M.A. Riedinger, M. Brenner & M. Steinitz-Kannan.

2000.  Paleohydrology and paleochemistry of salt lakes of the Galapagos Islands. 8th International Symposium on Palaeolimnology, Kingston, Canada, August.

Rockwell, P., M. Riedinger, M. Steinitz-Kannan, W. Last, and M. Brenner.  1999.  A fossil

diatom record from Sergio Lagoon, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands. 15th North

American Diatom Symposium, Pingree Park Field Station, Colorado, September.

Steinitz-Kannan, M. M. Riediger, W. Last, M. Brenner, and M. Miller.  1999.  A six thousand year history of El Niño events in the Galapagos:  Evidence from lake cores.  Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division 18(1):84.  June.

Riedinger, M.  1999.  A mid-Holocene record of El Niño activity from the Galapagos Islands. Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago,  February 25. (Invited seminar).

Riedinger, M., M. Steinitz-Kannan, W. Last, and M. Brenner. 1998.  A 6100 yr El Niño record

            from the Galapagos Islands.  Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Toronto,

            Canada, October.

Riedinger, M.  1998.  Mid-Holocene climate: a Galapagos perspective.  Foundation for Exploration and Research on Cultural Origins: Climate and Culture at 3000 BC,University of Maine, Orono, Maine, October.

Riedinger, M., P. Rockwell, M. Steinitz‑Kannan, W. Last, and M. Brenner.  1998. Late‑Holocene fossil diatom records from the Galapagos Islands.  15th Biennial Meeting, American Quaternary Association, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, August.

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. A. Riedinger, W. Last, M. Brenner, and M. C. Miller. 1997.  Un registro de 6000 años de manifestaciones intensas del fenómeno de El Niño en sedimentos del lagunas de las Islas Galapágos.  Memorias Technicas, Seminario International Concecuencias Climaticas E Hidrologicas del Evento El Niño A Escala Regional y Local.  ORSTOM & INAMHI,Quito, Ecuador, November.

Riedinger, M., M. Steinitz‑Kannan, W. Last, and M. Brenner.  1997.  A high‑resolution paleoenvironmental record from Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galapagos Islands.  7th International Symposium on Palaeolimnology, Riedlingen, Germany, August.

Belsham, R. P., W. M. Last, M. A. Riedinger, M. Steinitz‑Kannan, and M. Brenner.  1996. Paleolimnology of salt lakes of the Galapagos Islands.  Geological Association of Canada Annual Meeting, April.

Gee, S., M. Steinitz‑Kannan, and M. Riedinger.  1995.  Diatoms of Galapagos saline lagoons:  the changes caused by recent frequent El Niño events. 13th North American Diatom Symposium, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Milford, Iowa, September.

Riedinger, M.A., M. Steinitz‑Kannan, M. Brenner, and W.M. Last.  1995. Reconstruction of climate change in the eastern equatorial Pacific, 6000 yr B.P. to present: the paleolimnology of Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galapagos Islands.  First International Limno‑Geological Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, August.

 

 

Riedinger, M.A., and M. Steinitz‑Kannan.  1995.  Galapagos sediments used to examine

Holocene climate change in the equatorial Pacific.  NOAA Climate and Global Change

World Wide Web project summary, June.

Riedinger, M., and M. Brenner.  1994.  Paleolimnological investigations into the recent history of Lake Yambo, Ecuador.  13th Biennial American Quaternary Association, University of Minnesota, June.

Riedinger, M., M. Brenner, M. Steinitz‑Kannan, W.M. Last, and M.C. Miller.  1994.  The paleolimnology of Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galapagos Islands: a Holocene record of salinity fluctuations. 13th Biennial American Quaternary Association meeting, University of Minnesota, June.   

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. Brenner, and M.A. Riedinger.  1993.  History of El Niño events in the Galapagos Islands: the diatom record from El Junco Lake.  12th North American Diatom Symposium, University of Manitoba, September. 

Riedinger, M.A. 1993.   Mid‑ to late‑ Holocene lake‑level fluctuations:  a fossil diatom record from Ecuadorian Amazonia.  6th International Palaeolimnology Symposium, Canberra, Australia, April.

Riedinger, M.A., M. Steinitz‑Kannan, and M. Brenner.  1993.  A mid‑Holocene record of precipitation events from the equatorial Pacific:  The paleolimnology of Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galapagos Islands.  6th International Palaeolimnology Symposium, Canberra, Australia, April.

Steinitz‑Kannan, M., M. Riedinger, and M. Brenner.  1993.  Paleolimnology of Galapagos saline lagoons and a history of El Niño events.  Inter‑INQUAConference, Canberra, Australia, April.

Riedinger, M., and M. Steinitz‑Kannan.  1992.  The late Holocene record of precipitation events from the Galapagos Islands. 12thAmerican Quaternary Association meeting, Davis, CA. August.

Riedinger, M., and P. Colinvaux.  1989.   Paleolimnology of Lake Ayauchi, Ecuador: Evidence

            from the diatoms. X      Biennial North American Diatom Symposium, University of

            Minnesota, October.

 

Grants and Contracts

Whitmore, T.J., and M. Riedinger.  Florida Department of Environmental Protection Contract -

Sedimented algal pigment profiles in Florida lakes: evaluating algal community

responses to eutrophication.  $20,000;  March 2002 - March 2003.

Riedinger, M.  Northeastern Illinois University, Committee on Organized Research Grant -

Cyanobacterial and diatom community dynamics in hypereutrophic central Florida lakes: evaluating historic changes in trophic state using sedimentary pigments, $3000;  2000 - 2001.

Riedinger, M.  Northeastern Illinois University, Committee on Organized ResearchGrant ‑ The Paleolimnology of Sergio Lagoon: A Late‑Holocene Paleoclimate Record from Santiago Island, Galapagos, $3000;  1997 ‑ 1998.

Riedinger, M., and M.  Steinitz-Kannan.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Paleoclimatology Program  ‑ Climate Reconstruction in the Galapagos Islands, 6000 yrs BP to Present, $65,680;  1995 ‑ 1998.

 

 

Riedinger, M.  Northeastern Illinois University, Committee on Organized ResearchGrantPaleolimnological Investigations in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, $3000;

1994 ‑ 1995.

Steinitz-Kannan, M., and M. Riedinger.  National Science Foundation, Climate Dynamics

Program (ATM‑9106282) ‑ A late Holocene history of precipitation events in the Equatorial Pacific: a record from Galapagos lake cores,$150,000;  1991 ‑ 1994.

Steinitz-Kannan, M., and M. Riedinger.  National Geographic Society (4630‑91) ‑ History of Strong El Niño Events from the Galapagos Islands, $12,000;  1991.

 

M.S. Theses Supervised

Feldmann, Paul. G.  2002.  The influence of hurricanes on the Luquillo Experimental Forest of

Puerto Rico.  Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University.

Crosby, Jennie.  2001.  Primiparous maternal behavior and infant development in a western

lowland gorilla mother-infant pair: implications for captive husbandry.  Department of

Biology, Northeastern Illinois University.

Slobodnik, Linda M.  2000.  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) analysis of CommonCarp

            (Cyprinus carpio) and sediment in the Grand Calumet Lagoons (Indiana Dunes, Indiana).

            Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University.

 

Professional Memberships and Service

Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Paleolimnology, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005.

Proposal reviewer, National Science Foundation, 2005, 2006.

North American Lake Management Society member, 2005 – 2006.

Florida LAKEWATCH volunteer, 1999 - 2000.

Proposal reviewer, Department of Education, 1997.

Book reviewer, Prentice-Hall Publ. 1997, 1998.

Proposal reviewer, Paleoclimatology Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration, 1994.

 

 

University Service

Departmental:

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg

Organic Chemist Search Committee, 2005-2006.

Senior Scientist in Environmental Science Search Committee, USF, 2003 – 2004.

Environmental Science Bylaws Committee, 2003.

Environmental Science Executive Committee, 2004 (3-person committee handling

 administrative responsibilities for the ESP&G program during spring and summer 2004)

 

Northeastern Illinois University

Biology Undergraduate and Graduate Program Review Committee, 2002 - 2003, chairperson.

Biology Graduate Program Review Committee, 1996 - 2002, co-chair.

Biology Personnel Committee, 2000 - 2003, secretary.

Biology graduate program advisor, 1997 - 2003.

General biology advisor, 1993 - 2003.

Environmental biology advisor, 1993 - 1997.

Service on eight tenure-track faculty search committees (chairperson for terrestrial ecology and

exercise physiology search committees).

Service on ad hoc committees dealing with undergraduate curriculum review, development, and

assessment.

Service on eight M.S. Biology thesis committees.

 

College and University:

USF-St. Petersburg

Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (SPACE) Executive Committee member, 2004 – 2005.

College of Arts and Sciences Council, 2004 - 2006.

Assistant Vice President for Research and Community Partnerships Search Committee, 2004.

Annual and Mid-Tenure Review Committee, 2004.

Research Committee, 2003.

 

Northeastern Illinois University

University Faculty Excellence Award Committee, 2003.

Graduate College Associate Dean Search Committee, 2002.

University Committee on Organized Research Proposal Review, 2001 - 2003.

College of Arts and Sciences Fiscal Affairs Committee, 2002 - 2003.

College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Working Group, 2001.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, 2000.

General Education Committee, 1999 - 2001.

Faculty Council on Development and Public Affairs, 1998 - 1999.

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable Working Group, 1998 - 1999.

Faculty Council on Academic Affairs, 1994 –1998; vice‑chair, 1997 -1998; acting chair, fall

1997.

College of Arts & Sciences Academic Affairs Committee, 1993 - 2003; vice‑chair, 1996 -

1997.

 

Awards

Land Use and Environmental Change visiting scholar, University of Florida, Summer/Fall 2001,

Summer 2002.

NEIU Sabbatical Award for 2001 - 2002.

NEIU Faculty Excellence Award in Research for 1998.

NEIU Research Month, 1997.

Osburn Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 1987.

Biological Sciences Annual Award for Academic Excellence, Northern Kentucky University, 1983.

Clara L. Richards Scholarship in Biology, Northern Kentucky University, 1982.

U.S. Presidential Scholarship, Northern Kentucky University, 1978 ‑ 1982.