Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
College of Science and Mathematics
Photo of Troy Mutchler My interests focus on the ecology of plants and algae that are the base of highly productive submerged aquatic ecosystems. These organisms are important community components that provide food and shelter for resident animals, stabilize sediments, alter hydrodynamics, help regulate dissolved oxygen concentrations, and participate in nutrient and carbon cycling.
Unfortunately, many of these communities are disappearing around the globe due to anthropogenic and natural disturbances. As a result, it is essential to understand how these systems respond to disturbances and develop methods for monitoring and conserving these valuable habitats.