Graham Sustainability Institute

Catherine Riseng

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Associate Research Scientist
Research Program Manager
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Literature, Science, & Arts
    • Program in the Environment
University of Michigan (U-M) (UM)

I am an aquatic ecologist with specific focus on fluvial ecosystems and benthic invertebrate ecology. I am interested in assessing and understanding the effects of human landscape alteration on river ecosystems. A large part of my work has been to develop landscape-based models of riverine condition using biological indicators and regression-based models that predict expected condition for rivers of Michigan and Wisconsin. I am also interested in using causal models to investigate the direct and indirect causal effects of natural variation and human activities on nutrient loading and trophic structure in streams. I have been involved in numerous projects in the past nine years including a development of a detailed GIS-based habitat model and assessment of productivity in the lower portion of the Muskegon River. More recently I have been involved in EPA sponsored monitoring of the Great lakes benthos and am interested in exploring how the benthic community has changed with invasion of zebra and quagga mussels.


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Climate Center
    • Event Participant
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • GL Large Grants
        • Technical Reviewers
      • U-M Large Grants
        • Grant Recipient
      • U-M Leveraging Grants
        • Grant Recipient
    • Event Participant
      • A2 Area Modeling
      • WC Lunches