Chris Fritsen

Dr. Christian H. Fritsen: Professional Qualifications/CV

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Dr. Christian Fritsen

Title: Research Professor
Affiliation: Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Location: DRI Reno
Email: christian.fritsen@dri.edu
Phone: 775.673-7487

Keywords: climate change, algae, Antarctica, ecosystems, microbial ecology, nutrient, water quality, lakes, rivers, reservoirs

Professional Interests

As a systems microbial ecologist, Dr. Fritsen studies the transfer of energy and cycling of materials within ecosystems that are mediated by bacteria, algae and protists. His work focuses on how the microbes and their interactions are influenced by the time-varying physical features of their environment. One long-standing area of interest has been on the interaction between seasonal ice dynamics and microbial production in polar ice environments. Such studies provide insights into microbial adaptations, microbial interactions within complex systems, and the possibility of life supporting habitats beyond earth. This professional interest also leads to studies of the interactions between a society's use of nutrients that influences microalgal seasonal production cycles and community structure which, in turn, affect the beneficial uses of aquatic ecosystems.

Having these interests mandates that the majority of Dr. Fritsen's time involves planning, conducting and reporting on field work and laboratory-based studies. Teaching and advising in both undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Nevada Reno in addition to public outreach seminars and school visitations also allows ample opportunity for obtaining fresh perspectives through the interactions with the next generation of scientists and stewards of our environment.

Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Systems Ecology
  • Algal Ecophysiology
  • Polar Ecosystems
  • Polar Limnology and Oceanography
  • Watershed Nutrient Balance
  • Stoichiometry
  • Climate Change and Phenology
  • Hydrological Optics
  • Ecosystems Modeling
  • Low Temperature Adaptations

Research Projects

Laboratory Website: Systems Microbial Ecology Laboratory

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Current Students:

Air
Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
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Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.
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Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
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Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.
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Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
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Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.
 

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
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Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.
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GreenPower Program
K-12 Outreach and Education
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Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.
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Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
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Water
Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
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Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.
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DRI Nevada Medal Event
2014 Medalist - Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin
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Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.


Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
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