School of Science 
and Mathematics

Joseph M.Dirnberger, PhD
Professor of Biology

Department of Biological and Physical Sciences 
Kennesaw State University

Academic Interests: aquatic ecology, invertebrate zoology, limnology, marine science



Current and Recent Classes:


Much of my research has focused on the importance of dispersal on population dynamics and community composition in aquatic systems.   Movements of water and air, such as currents and wind, mediate dispersal of aquatic organisms, but are often unpredictable.  I have been interested in how these stochastic factors affecting dispersal influence ecological processes within aquatic systems.  My work has included studies of the impact of wind and floods on freshwater zooplankton populations, the importance of current-related variation in recruitment of sessile marine benthos from planktonic larvae in seagrass beds, the influence of landscape on the distribution of stream macroinvertebrates, and the effects of meteorological events on water quality and phytoplankton populations in a freshwater reservoir.  Present research focuses on how aquatic macrophytes mediate predation on zooplankton. For a list of my scientific publications and presentations, and of projects completed by my students, click here.

Most of my professional service outside the university involves professional work associated with lakes and water quality.  I am  a past president for the Georgia Lakes Society, and  coordinator for the Adopt-A-Lake Training Program

Contact information:

Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Building #12
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: (470) 578-6546

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