University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Russell Cuhel

Russell L. Cuhel

Senior Scientist, School of Freshwater Sciences

Phone: 414-382-1711
Fax: 414-382-1705


PhD, Biology and Marine Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1981
BA, Biology and Chemistry, University of California San Diego, 1975

Research interests

Conversion of inorganic materials (mineral-derived nutrients and combined nitrogen compounds) and light into organic components of living matter is the fundamental process of biology and life. Aquatic photosynthetic organisms, primarily phytoplankton or algae, use light and nutrients including carbon dioxide; phosphate; forms of nitrogen; and sulfate to create biomass. The same process using chemical energy is accomplished by lithotrophic or rock-eating microorganisms such as those at hydrothermal vents. We study these processes in relation to aquatic environmental conditions.

Recent and selected publications

Cuhel RL and National Geographic Society. 2008. Invaders: A Constant Ecological Battle. Mission 1 (pp. 6-27) in Operation: Resilient Planet - Protecting our Ecological Future. National Geographic Society (Washington DC). (and edited remainder of volume)

Cuhel RL, Aguilar C, Remsen CC, Maki JS, Lovalvo D, Klump JV, and Paddock RW. 2004. The Bridge Bay spires: Collection and preparation of a scientific specimen and museum piece. Yellowstone Science 12(4): 35-40.

Fogel ML, Aguilar C, Cuhel RL, Hollander DJ, Willey JD, and Paerl HW. 1999. Biological and isotopic changes in coastal waters induced by Hurricane Gordon. Limnology and Oceanography 44: 1359-1369.

Bates TS, Kiene RP, Wolfe GV, Matrai PM, Chavez FP, Buck KR, Blomquist BW, and Cuhel RL. 1994. The cycling of sulfur in surface seawater of the northeast Pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research 99(C4): 7835-7843.

Cuhel RL and Lean DRS. 1987. Influence of light intensity, light quality, temperature, and daylength on uptake and assimilation of carbon dioxide and sulfate by lake plankton. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 44: 2118-2132.