Curriculum Vitae – Karin E. Limburg

Work Address:
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Illick Hall
Syracuse, NY  13210  USA

A.B. Vassar College, 1977
M.S. University of Florida (Systems Ecology), 1981
Ph.D. Cornell University (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), 1994

9/11 -  Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

8/03 – 8/11 Associate Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY. 
7/99 -- 7/03 Assistant Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
2/97 – 7/99  Research Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Ecology, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
1/94 - 1/97  Post-doctoral fellow, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY.


2013  Grant award, Hudson River Foundation: “The Process of Silvering in Eels”

         • Grant award, USGS: “Natal Origins of Humpback Chub in Grand Canyon”

            · Grant Award, FORMAS (Sweden): “Understanding Fish Migration, Habitat Use and Population Connectivity to Restore Resilience in Swedish Fisheries-Ecological Systems”

2011  Grant award, Riverkeeper: “American Shad Recovery Studies”

2010  Grant award, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (w/Duke U.): “Determining the origins of river herring bycatch

2009  Grant award, Hudson River Foundation: “River Herring Otolith Geochemical Markers to Aid in Stock Identification and Conservation”

        • Grant award, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Consortium (via U. of Florida): “Grand Canyon Near-Shore Fish Ecology”

2008  Grant award, Syracuse Center of Excellence: “Bridging the temporal mismatch between remotely-sensed land use changes and field-based water quality/quantity observations: Onondaga Creek, NY”
2007  • Grant award, National Science Foundation: “MRI: Acquisition of a Laser-Ablation System for High Resolution, Micro-Scale Analysis of Environmental Materials”


EFB 487/687 Fisheries Science and Management; EFB 488 Fisheries Science Practicum

(occasionally) EFB 496/796 Watershed Ecology

(occasionally) EFB 500, (field course): The Hudson River Watershed: Source to Sink in Eight Days
Various graduate seminars including: Topics in Aquatic Ecology; Topics in Fisheries Science; Grant Writing and Management; Topics in Mathematical Ecology & Ecological Modeling; Introduction to R programming; Human Population Growth and Consumption



Current: J. Hamberg (MS), G. Jackman (PhD), S. Mount (MS), C. Nack (MS/PhD), E. Ogburn (MS), S. Turner (PhD)

Past: I. Blackburn (MPS), A. Boslett (MS), M. Chimaliza (MPS), L. Deutsch (PhD), T. Elsdon (Post-doc), K. Gehl (MS), T. Hayden (Post-doc), B. Hong (Post-doc), J. Liu (Visiting scholar, Chinese Geosciences Univ.), A. Lochet (Post-doc), L. Machut (MS), J. Maes (Post-doc), J. Mandel (MS), K. McGohan (MS), E. Menvielle (MS), R. Monteiro (PhD), C. Olson (PhD), A. Sopacua (PhD), K. Stainbrook (MS), F. Yu (Visiting scholar, Chinese Acad. Social Sciences)


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS – feel free to send requests for things you can’t download from here.

· “Big picture” ecology

Brown, J.J., K. E. Limburg, J.R. Waldman, K. Stephenson, E. Glenn, F. Juanes, and A. Jordaan.  2013.  Fish and hydropower on the U.S. Atlantic coast: failed fisheries policies from half-way technologies.  Conservation Letters 6(4): 280-286.

Limburg, K.E., R.M. Hughes, D.C. Jackson, and B. Czech.  2011.  Human population increase, economic growth, and fish conservation: collision course or savvy stewardship?  Fisheries 36(1): 27-34.

Limburg, K.E., and J. R. Waldman.  2009.  Dramatic declines in North Atlantic diadromous fishes. BioScience 59: 955-965.

Costanza, R., R. D’Arge, R. de Groot, S. Farber, M. Grasso, B. Hannon, K. Limburg, S. Naeem, R. V. O’Neill, J. Paruelo, R. G. Raskin, P. Sutton, and M. van den Belt. 1997  The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature 387:253-260.

· Ecosystem services, ecological economics, ecosystem health, etc.

Limburg, K.E., D.P. Swaney, and M.H. Hall.  2012.  Temporal and spatial dynamics of a “Rust-Belt” urban stream: metabolic and water quality responses to hardened land.  Urban Ecosystems doi: 10.1007/s11252-012-0273-0.

Hong, B., K.E. Limburg, M.H.Hall, G. Mountrakis, P. Groffman, K. Hyde, L. Luo, V.R. Kelly, and S.J. Myers.  2011.  An integrated monitoring/modeling framework for assessing human-nature interactions in urbanizing watersheds: Wappinger and Onondaga Creek watersheds, New York, USA.  Environmental Modelling and Software. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.08.006.

Limburg, K.E., V. Luzadis, M.M. Ramsey, K.L. Schulz, and C.M. Mayer.  2010.  The good, the bad, and the algae: ecosystem services and disservices generated by zebra and quagga mussels.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 36: 86-92.

Limburg, K.E.  2009.  Aquatic Ecosystem Services. In Gene E. Likens (editor) Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, Vol. 1: 25-30. Elsevier Publishers, Oxford.

Hong, B., K.E. Limburg, J.D. Erickson, J.M. Gowdy, A.A. Nowosielski, J.M. Polimeni, and K.A. Stainbrook.  2009.  Connecting the ecological-economic dots in human-dominated watersheds: Models to link socio-economic activities on the landscape to stream ecosystem health.  Landscape and Urban Planning 91: 78-87.

Elsdon, T., and K.E. Limburg. 2008.  Nutrients and their period of enhancement influence benthic cover and biomass in a freshwater system.   Marine and Freshwater Research  59(6):467-476.

Hong, B., K.E.Limburg, M. Hall, and J.D. Erickson.  2007.  Scenario Analysis of Economy-Ecology Interactions in the Hudson River Basin.  Ch. 5 in Erickson et al. (Eds.), Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management. Elsevier Science.

Limburg, K.E., R.V. O’Neill, R. Costanza, and S. Farber. 2002.  Complex systems and valuation.  Ecological Economics 41:409-420.

Limburg, K.E. and C. Folke, editors.  Special issue of Ecological Economics on “The Ecology of Ecosystem Services.” (Volume 29, No.2 May 1999)

Limburg, K.E. 1999.  Estuaries, ecology, and economic decisions: an example of perceptual barriers and challenges to understanding. Ecological Economics 30: 185-188.

· Otolith chemistry

Limburg, K.E., T.A. Hayden, W.E. Pine III, M. Yard, R. Kozdon, and J. Valley.  2013.  Of travertine and time: otolith chemistry and microstructure detect provenance and demography of endangered humpback chub in Grand Canyon (USA).  PLoS ONE 8(12): e84235.  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084235.  (Open Access)

Limburg, K.E., C. Olson, Y. Walther, D. Dale, C. Slomp, and H. Høie.  2011. Tracking Baltic hypoxia and cod migration over millennia with natural tags.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.. doi:10.1073/pnas.1100684108.

Lochet, A., K.E. Limburg, L. Rudstam, M. Montesdeoca.  2010.  Selenium in fish otoliths: effects of selenium and mercury from the water.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 1388-1397.

Limburg, K.E., and M. Elfman.  2010.  Magnitude and patterns of Zn in otoliths support the recent phylogenetic typology of Salmoniformes and their sister groups.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67(4): 597-604.

Elsdon, T.S., B.K. Wells, S.E. Campana, B.M. Gillanders, C.M. Jones, K.E. Limburg, D.H. Secor, S.R. Thorrold, and B.D. Walther.  2008.  Otolith chemistry to describe movements and life-history parameters of fishes: hypotheses, assumptions, limitations, and inferences.  Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 46: 297-330.

Limburg, K.E., R. Huang, and D.H. Bilderback. 2007.  Fish otolith trace element maps: new approaches with synchrotron microbeam X-ray fluorescence.  X-Ray Spectrometry 36:336-342.

Limburg, K.E., and D.I. Siegel. 2006. The hydrogeochemistry of connected waterways, and the potential for tracing fish migrations.  Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences 28(3): 254-265.

Limburg, K.E., M. Elfman, P. Kristiansson, K. Malmkvist, and J. Pallon. 2003.  New insights into fish ecology via nuclear microscopy of otolithsProc.17th International Conferemce on Applications of Accelerators in Research and Industry (J.Duggan, editor). AIP Conference Proc. 680: 339-342.

Olson, C, K. Limburg, W. Patterson, M. Elfman, P. Kristiansson, and S. Ehrenberg. 2002.  Reconstruction of Fisheries and Environment from the Stone Age: Preliminary Studies of Hard Parts of Codfish (Gadus morhua) from Ajvide, Gotland, Sweden.  Remote Sensing II: 375-385.

Limburg, K.E., P. Landergren, L. Westin, M. Elfman, and P. Kristiansson.  2001.  Flexible modes of anadromy in Baltic sea-trout (Salmo trutta): Making the most of marginal spawning streams.  Journal of Fish Biology 59: 682-695.

Limburg, K.E.  1995.  Otolith strontium traces migratory histories of juvenile American shad, Alosa sapidissima. Marine Ecology Progress Series 119: 25-35.

· Fisheries, Hudson River ecology, etc.

Daniels, R.A., R.E. Schmidt, and K.E. Limburg.  2011.  Hudson River fisheries: vast to dwindling in 400 years.  In R.E. Henshaw, editor.  Environmental History: Human Uses that Changed Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human Uses.  SUNY Press.  (in press)

Limburg, K.E., Y. Walther, B. Hong, C. Olson, and J. Storå. 2008. Prehistoric vs. modern Baltic Sea cod fisheries: selectivity across the millennia.  Proceedings of the Royal Society – Section B 275: 2659–2665.

    (Also, a commentary was published on this article by S. Carlson and N.C. Stenseth)

Olson, C., K.E. Limburg, and M. Söderblom.  2008.  Stone Age fishhooks – how were they dimensioned, and why?  Journal of Archaeological Science 35:2813-2823.

Machut, L.S., K.E. Limburg, R. E. Schmidt, and D. Dittman.  2007. Anthropogenic impacts on American eel demographics in Hudson River tributaries, New York.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136: 1699-1713.

Simonin, P.W., K.E. Limburg, and L.S. Machut. 2007. Bridging the energy gap: anadromous blueback herring feeding in the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, New York.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136: 1614-1621.

Waldman, J.R., K.E. Limburg, and D.L. Strayer, editors. 2006. Hudson River Fisheries and Their Environment.  American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Swaney, D.P., K. E. Limburg, and K. M. Stainbrook.  2006.  Some historical changes in the patterns of population and land use in the Hudson River watershed.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 51: 75-112.

Stainbrook, K.M., K.E. Limburg, R.A. Daniels, and R.E. Schmidt.  2006.  Long-term changes in ecosystem health of two Hudson Valley watersheds, New York, USA, 1936-2001.  Hydrobiologia 571(1): 313-327 DOI 10.1007/s10750-006-0254-5.

Daverat, F., K.E. Limburg, I. Thibault, J.-C. Shiao, J.J. Dodson, F. Caron, W.-N. Tzeng, Y. Iizuka, and H. Wickström.  2006.  Phenotypic plasticity of habitat use by three temperate eel species Anguilla anguilla, A. japonica and A. rostrata.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 308: 231-241.

Daniels, R.A., K.E. Limburg, R.E. Schmidt, D.L. Strayer, and R.C. Chambers.  2005.  Changes in fish assemblages in the tidal Hudson River, New York. p. 471-503 In: Rinne, J. N., R. M. Hughes, and B. Calamusso (eds.). Historical changes in large river fish assemblages of America. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, Maryland.

Limburg, K.E., K.M. Stainbrook, J.D. Erickson, and J.M. Gowdy. 2005.  Urbanization consequences: case studies in the Hudson Valley, pp. 23-37 In Brown, L.R., R.H. Gray, R.M. Hughes, and M. Meador, editors.  The Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 47.

Limburg, K.E. 2004.  The biogeochemistry of strontium: a review of H.T. Odum’s contribution.  Ecological Modelling 178(1-2): 31-33.

Limburg, K.E. and J.R. Waldman, editors.  2003.  Biodiversity, Status, and Conservation of the World's ShadsAmerican Fisheries Society.

Westin, L., and K.E. Limburg. 2003.   Newly discovered reproductive isolation reveals sympatric populations of Esox lucius in the Baltic.  Journal of Fish Biology 61: 1647-1652.

Limburg, K.E.  2001. Through the gauntlet again: demographic restructuring of American shad by migration. Ecology 82 (6): 1584-1596.

Limburg, K.E., M.L. Pace, and K.K. Arend. 1999. Growth, mortality, and recruitment of larval Morone spp. in relation to food availability and temperature in the Hudson River.  Fishery Bulletin 97:80-91.

Caraco, N.F., G. Lampman, J.J. Cole, K.E. Limburg, M.L.Pace, and D.Fischer. 1998. Microbial assimilation of DIN in a nitrogen rich estuary: implications for food quality and isotope studies.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 167: 59-71.

Limburg, K.E. 1998. Anomalous migrations of anadromous herrings revealed with natural chemical tracers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:431-437.

Limburg, K.E., M.L. Pace, D. Fischer, and K.K. Arend. 1997. Consumption, selectivity, and utilization of zooplankton by larval Morone spp. in a seasonally pulsed estuary. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 126:607-621.

Limburg, K.E. 1996.  Modeling the ecological constraints on growth and movement of juvenile American shad, Alosa sapidissima, in the Hudson River Estuary. Estuaries 19: 794-813.

Limburg, K.E. 1996. Growth and migration of 0-year American shad (Alosa sapidissima) in the Hudson River estuary: otolith microstructural analysis. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 53: 220-238.

Limburg, K.E. and R.E. Schmidt. 1990  Patterns of fish spawning in the Hudson River watershed: biological response to an urban gradient?  Ecology 71:1238-1245.

Limburg, K. E., M. A. Moran, and W. H. McDowell. 1986.  The Hudson River Ecosystem.  Springer-Verlag, New York.  331 pp.


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