Matthew Schuler


I am gay and I am an aquatic community ecologist. //

I started my career in wildlife management, then moved to thermal physiology, and finally found a home studying community ecology. Currently, I am a postdoc working as part of the Jefferson Project at Lake George. I study how human activities such as nutrient runoff, climate change, and road salt pollution affect the quality of freshwater resources. A big part of my job is mentoring students, and one of my goals is to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue their desired scientific career. Understanding and mitigating the effects that humans have on the environment is often difficult, because scientists generally approach these problems from the same angle each time. However, we can efficiently and effectively solve these complex social and ecological challenges by employing diverse and creative people with unique life experiences.