Theodore Harris

Former Self Graduate Fellow currently conducting postdoctoral research at the Landbouwhogeschool, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Advisor: Val Smith, Jerry deNoyelles, Val Smith †, John Jones, Jennifer Graham (USGS)
Research Interests: Harmful algal bloom distribution, abundance, toxicity, and prediction.
Hometown: Greenville, IL

 

Education:

  • Undergraduate Degree: BSc Fisheries and Wildlife, BSc Forestry from University of Missouri- Columbia
  • Graduate Degree: MS Natural Resources (focus on limnology) from University of Idaho-Moscow

 

Publications

Refereed papers:

  • Otten, T.G., Graham, J.L, Harris, T.D., and Dreher, T.W. 2016 (In press) Elucidation of taste and odor producing bacteria and toxigenic cyanobacteria by shotgun metagenomics in a Midwestern drinking water reservoir. Applied and Environmental Microbiology XX. XX-XX.
  • Harris, T.D., Smith, V.H., Graham, J.L., Van de Waal, D.B., Tedesco, L.P., and Clercin, N. 2016. Combined effects of nitrogen to phosphorus and nitrate to ammonia ratios on cyanobacterial metabolite concentrations in eutrophic Midwestern USA reservoirs. Inland Waters 6:2.199-210.
  • Harris, T.D. and Smith V.H. 2016. Do persistent organic pollutants stimulate cyanobacterial blooms? Inland Waters 6:2, 124-130.
  • Harris, T.D. and Graham, J.L. 2015. Preliminary evaluation of an in vivo fluorometer to quantify algal periphyton biomass and community composition. Lake and Reservoir Management 31:2, 127-133. 
  • Graham, J.L., Stone, M.L., Rasmussen, T.J., Foster, G.M., Poulton, B.C., Paxson, C.R., Harris, T.D. 2014. Effects of wastewater effluent discharge and treatment facility upgrades on environmental and biological conditions of Indian Creek, Johnson County, Kansas, June 2004 through June 2013. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5187, 78p.,http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145187.
  • Harris, T. D., Wilhelm, F. M., Graham, J. L., and K. A. Loftin. 2014. Experimental manipulation of TN:TP ratios to suppress cyanobacterial biovolume and microcystin concentration in large-scale in situ mesocosms. Lake and Reservoir Management XX:XX
  • Harris, T. D., Wilhelm, F. M., Graham, J. L., and K. A. Loftin. 2014. Note: Experimental additions of alum and nitrogen to large-scale in situ mesocosms to reduce cyanobacterial biovolume and microcystin concentration. Lake and Reservoir Management XX:XX

Non-refereed papers:

  • Harris, T.D., deNoyelles, J., and Tilman, G.D. 2016 (In press). Val Houston Smith (1950-2016): Putting the puzzle together from organelles to ecosystems. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. (A version of this obituary also appeared in the SIL newsletter)
  • Harris, T.D.. 2016. The role of persistent organic pollutants in cyanobacterial bloom proliferation. LakeLine 36:1, 26-28.
  • Burnet, S. and Harris, T.D. 2015. Willow Creek Reservoir – A desert oasis of continuing student success. LakeLine 35:3, 36-38.
  • Harris, T.D. and F. M. Wilhelm. 2011. Observations on the appearance of brine flies at Willow Creek   Reservoir, a freshwater lake. Waterline December 2011. Accessible at: http://www.walpa.org/waterline/december-2011/observations-on-the-appearance-of-brine-flies-at-willow-creek-reservoir-a-freshwater-lake


Awards and Honors

  • 2016                       Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Student travel grant
  • 2016                       International Society of Limnology Student travel grant
  • 2015                       International Society of Limnology Student Competition: National representative for USA
  • 2014-Present         Chair, Student Programs Committee of North American Lake and Reservoir Management Society
  • 2014-Present         Student At-large Director of North American Lake and Reservoir Management Society
  • 2015                       Vice Commodore at Kansas Sailing Association
  • 2013-2016             University of Kansas Head Sailing Coach, University of Kansas Sailing Club, Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2013-Present         US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Instructor Certification- Level 2 &3
  • 2013-Present         Self Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2013                      North American Lake and Reservoir Management (NALMS) student travel grant
  • 2011                      North American Lake and Reservoir Management (NALMS) Student Paper Award Finalist
  • 2011-2012             Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Jeff Braatne Grant University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
  • 2007-2009             School of Natural Resources Dean’s List University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2007-2009             Big 12 Conference Commissioner’s and Academic First-Team Honors University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2007                      Most Improved Swimmer (Men’s swim team) University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2005-2010            U.S. National, U.S. Open, and U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier (Swimming)
  • 2005-2009            4-year letter winner (Men’s Swimming), University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2005-2009            Athletic based scholarship (Men’s Swimming), University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2005-present        US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Instructor- Level 1       
  • 2004-2005            2-time Jr. Sailor of the Year, Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle, Illinois

 

Presentations

  • Harris, T.D. and Smith, V.H. 2016. Do persistent organic pollutants stimulate harmful cyanobacterial blooms? Annual meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography, Santa Fe, NM, USA. June 7th. Also presented at: Congress XXXIII of the International Society of Limnology. Turin, Italy. August 4th.
  • Harris, T.D., Smith, V.H., Graham, J.L., Van de Waal, D.B., Tedesco, L.P., Clercin, N. 2015. Combined effects of N:P ratios and nitrogen speciation on three cyanobacterial metabolite concentrations in eutrophic Midwestern USA reservoirs. 35th Annual meeting of the North American Lake Management Society, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA. November 20th.
  • Harris, T.D. and Smith, V.H. 2015. Do persistent organic pollutants stimulate harmful cyanobacterial blooms? Bio3 Seminar Series 2015, Lawrence, KS, USA. August 25. (Invited)
  • Harris, T.D., Smith, V.H., Graham, J.L., Van de Waal, D.B., Tedesco, L.P., Clercin, N. 2015. Combined effects of the nitrogen to phosphorus ratio and nitrogen speciation on three cyanobacterial metabolite concentrations in eutrophic reservoirs. Annual meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography, Granada, Spain. Feb 27.
  • Harris, T.D. 2014. QA/QC. KSWSC training series. USGS KSWSC, Lawrence, KS. Apr 15.
  • Harris, T.D. 2014. “In the Beginning” Project planning and review, project proposals, project work (and sample) plans, project reviews. KSWSC training series. USGS KSWSC, Lawrence, KS. Feb 11.
  • Rajkovich, H. E., Wilhelm, F. M., Harris, T. D., and Adams, C. J. 2014. Summary of research at Willow Creek Reservoir to understand the occurrence of blue-green algae blooms. Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting, Heppner, OR, USA. January 17.
  • Harris, T. D. and Graham, J. L. 2013. Seven years of continuously monitoring chlorophyll and cyanobacteria in an eutrophic Midwestern US reservoir. 33rd Annual meeting of the North American Lake Management Society. San Diego, California, USA. November 1.
  • Wilhelm, F. M., Harris, T. D., Adams, C. J., and Rajkovich, H. E. 2013. The ecology of blue-green algae blooms and implications to management concerning water quality. Coeur D’Alene Lake Tributaries Watershed Advisory Group, Coeur D’Alene, ID, USA. May 16.
  • Wilhelm, F. M., Harris, T. D., Graham, J. L., and Loftin, K. A. 2013. The ecology of blue-green blooms and implications to management decisions concerning water quality.  23rd Annual Idaho Department of Environmental Water Quality Conference.  Boise, ID, USA. February 12-14.
  •   Harris, T. D., Wilhelm, F. M., Graham, J. L., and Loftin, K. A.  2013.  Manipulating the nitrogen to phosphorus ratio in lakes and reservoirs: a management strategy to reduce toxic cyanobacterial blooms.  2013 Kansas Natural Resources Conference.  Wichita, Kansas, USA.  January 24-25.
  • Harris, T. D., Wilhelm, F. M., Graham, J. L., and Loftin, K. A.  2012.  Experimental additions of alum and nitrogen to large-scale in situ mesocosms to reduce algal biovolume and microcystin concentration.  32nd Annual meeting of the North American Lake Management Society.  Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  November 7-9.
  • Harris, T. D., Wilhelm, F. M., Graham, J. L., and Loftin, K. A.  2012. Potential short-term management strategy to reduce toxic cyanobacterial blooms by manipulation of the nitrogen to phosphorus ratio.  2012 Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas.  Manhattan, Kansas, USA.  October 30-31.
  • Harris, T. D. 2012. Suppression of toxin producing algae by experimental manipulation of the nitrogen to phosphorus ratio in large-scale in situ mesocosms.  2012 Innovation showcase.  Moscow, Idaho, USA.  April 19.
  • Harris, T. D., Wilhelm, F. M., Graham, J. L., and Loftin, K. A.  2011.  Alteration of nutrient regimes in large-scale in situ enclosure experiments to reduce cyanobacterial biovolume and toxicity.  31st Annual meeting of the North American Lake Management Society.  Spokane, Washington, USA.  October 25-28.
  • Harris, T. D. and Wilhelm, F. M.  2011.  Willow Creek Reservoir: cyanobacteria and toxin production related to nutrient ratios.  2011 Oregon Lakes Association annual meeting.  Portland, Oregon, USA.  October 21-22.
  • Harris, T. D. 2010. An in-lake experimental test of algal density and toxicity in altered nutrient regimes.  FISH 501. Moscow, ID, USA. October 18.

Published USGS datasets

  • Graham, J.L. and Harris, T.D. 2016. Phytoplankton data for Cheney Reservoir near Cheney, Kansas, June 2001 through November 2015: US Geological Survey data release. Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F71N7Z7V
  • Graham, J.L. and Harris, T.D. 2016 (In press). Zooplankton data for Cheney Reservoir near Cheney, Kansas, October 2008 through November 2015: US Geological Survey data release.

 


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