Dr. Alisha A. Shah
Kellogg Biological Station
Department of Integrative Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program
My research interests fall at the nexus of physiology, community ecology, evolution, and climate change. I have a strong passion for the conservation of rivers and other ecosystems, which stems from a lifelong love of the wilderness and an ever-deepening awe of science, beginning in India, where I grew up. I am deeply committed to disseminating my research to the general public through mentoring students, public outreach programs, presentations, and photography. My ultimate goal is to produce work that will contribute to our understanding of ectotherm communities and their potential response in a time of rapid environmental change.
Research Interests: Growing up in rural Michigan, I learned to appreciate the lakes and rivers that surrounded me. It wasn't until I went out-of-state for my education that I realized how unique Michigan is in its diversity and quantity of freshwater systems. I've always had an interest in nature and environmental science, but decided to study aquatic systems because of my interest in protecting our freshwater resources. I earned a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Aquatic Ecology & Water Quality, after which I began working at KBS. I have since worked on a variety of projects during my 17 years here, including disease ecology of Daphnia, effects of zebra mussels on harmful algal blooms, thermal tolerance of algae, and many others. In the Shah Lab, I use my aquatic background to help design research projects, and I am excited to learn more about ectotherm physiology as it pertains to climate change.