Grad Student Research Spotlight: Daniel Gschwentner

Daniel Gschwenter is a doctorate student under Dr. Jessica Corman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Daniel is researching the environmental changes from lake sediments and how biogeochemical cycles in lakes and streams have changed during the Anthropocene. He focuses on researching the nutrient cycles within lakes and how these different nutrient variables respond to different environmental conditions.

In his own words, Daniel takes “eco stoichiometry from just an academic investigation or further research, and kind of see how we can use our understanding of stoichiometry to manage a probe or monitoring systems more effectively.” He has been exploring how differences in land use and climate at different spatial scales will impact nutrient ratios in the lakes of the Great Plains region.

Different nutrient ratios can be impacted by amounts of phosphorus and other nutrients that are more prevalent in the Great Plains region. “What I’ve found so far is that four nutrient concentrations are primarily driven by lake morphology. That is a key aspect of how nitrogen and phosphorus are processed. But then you have to look at certain metric ratios that are less related to lake morphology and more related to land use.”  In May 2022, Daniel presented a poster on his research at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Learn more about Daniel’s research and the STOICH project at

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