CHARLES W. BOYLEN
Professor of Biology
Associate Director, Darrin Fresh Water Institute
Summary of Research Interests
Understanding the role and activities of organisms in nature is important
in understanding how ecosystems function and how they are altered by human
interaction with the environment. Our current research interests involve
several studies of physiological responses of microorganisms and aquatic angiosperms
to environmental perturbation.
Projects involve limnological investigations of oligotrophic ecosystems
including acid-stressed freshwater streams and lakes in the Adirondacks of
upstate New York.
The effects of acidic precipitation on primary productivity and the
biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and sulfur are being studied. Major research
emphasis is placed on the Lake George
ecosystem which is now in transition from oligotrophy to mesotrophy. Studies on
Lake George include a full array of projects dealing
with the impact of nutrient enrichment on aquatic food chain dynamics.
I received my B.A. in Microbiology (1964) from Indiana University
and my Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin
in 1969. My postdoctoral training included participation in the microbiological
analyses of the Apollo lunar samples at the NASA - Ames
and with T.D. Brock at the University
I came to Rensselaer in 1972.
I was a member of the Editorial board of Applied and Environmental
Microbiology 1976-82 and past President of the Eastern New
York Branch of the American Society for Microbiology 1979-1981. I
am currently Associate Director of Rensselaer's Darrin Fresh Water Institute, a multidisciplinary
center on campus and research laboratory at Lake George, NY,
concerned with water resources.
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