Biology Department

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Educational Background
A.B., Biology, 1961, West Virginia University
M.S., Zoology, 1964, West Virginia University
Ph.D., Ecology, 1970, University of Georgia

Research Interests
My research interests fall into the general category of aquatic ecology. More specifically, my research group has examined the role of limiting nutrients in the structure and functioning of stream ecosystems and has characterized the effects of storms on water chemistry in streams. Of late, our most recent efforts have been focused on a variety of aspects of the ecology of streams receiving acid mine drainage, e.g., the effects of AMD on stream productivity and community structure and the bioaccumulation of heavy metals by stream biota exposed to AMD.

Recent Publications
Winterbourn, M.J., W.F. McDiffett, and S.J. Eppley. 2000. Aluminium and iron burdens of aquatic biota in New Zealand streams contaminated by acid mind drainage: effects of trophic level. The Science of the Total Environment 254(2000):45-54.

Harding, J. S., M. J. Winterbourn, and W. F. McDiffett. 1997. Stream faunas and ecoregions in South Island, New Zealand: Do they correspond? Archiv. for Hydrobiologie. 140(3):289-307.

Engleman, C. J. and W. F. McDiffett. 1996. Accumulation of aluminum and iron by bryophytes in streams affected by acid mine drainage. Environmental Pollution 94(1):67-74.

Winterbourn, M.J. J. And W. F. McDiffett. 1996. Benthic faunas of streams of low pH but contrasting water chemistry in New Zealand. Hydrobiologia 341:101-111.

McDiffett, W. F. 1993. Water chemistry dynamics in high elevation streams in the Craigieburn Range, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 27:397-402.

Recent Grant
Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Summer Environmental Internship Program, 1995-98, $100,000.


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