Faculty ProfilesCorey L Laxson
Research Associate, AWI / Instructor
Paolozzi Center 202
Specialization: Limnology and the ecology of aquatic organisms, invasion biology, watershed management, water quality analysis and mammalogy
Year joined Paul Smith's: 2002
Division: Forestry, Natural Resources, and Recreation
Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Bio: I am a western New Yorker by birth, but an Adirondacker by choice. I first moved to the area in the mid 1990’s to attend Paul Smiths College as an Ecology and Environmental Technology student. On the first day of class I realized three things, that I wanted to live in the Adirondacks for the rest of my life, I wanted to be a biologist and I wanted to be a teacher – so far so good. My main area of interest is aquatic ecology. I am particularly curious about aquatic invertebrates and their interaction with fish, stream insect communities and invasive aquatic plants. My interests are not just in the water, I am also interested in teaching and learning about mammals, amphibians and tropical ecology. I really enjoy working with students on scientific research; some recent projects are listed below.
Gates, M. 2011. Investigation of food selectivity in the shredding Trichoptera using stable isotope analysis.
Bradley K. 2008. Composition and diel periodicity of macroinvertebrate drift in streams of the Northern Adirondacks (New York, USA).
Cannon, D. 2008. Is rock snot (Didymosphenia geminata) impacting macroinvertebrate abundance and diversity in the White River, Vermont?
Audette, C. 2006. Food web dynamics and vertical migration of the Chaoborus population in Lower Saint Regis Lake.
Washington, T. 2006. Viability of the Eurasian water-milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) seed bank in the sediments of Upper Saranac Lake.
Johnson, T. 2005. Effect of lake basin slope and topography on the distribution of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a small Adirondack pond.
Bratten, E. 2005. Comparison of small mammal abundance and species diversity between riparian and upland habitats of the Smitty Creek Watershed.
Nead, T. 2004. Temporal shifts in the diet composition of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Lower Saint Regis Lake.
Boss, M. 2004. Creation of a region specific percent model affinity index (PMA) to monitor Adirondack water quality using benthic macroinvertebrates.
Interests & Activities: Understanding the environmental impacts of roadways, Evaluating the response of native aquatic plants to the establishment and management of Eurasian watermilfoil. Hydrology and nutrient loading in Upper Saranac Lake. Foodweb dynamics of Cercopagis pengoi in Lake Ontario.
I enjoy hiking, biking, snorkeling, ceramics, skiing, snowboarding, and having nerdy conversations with other academic types.
|2002||M.Sc||State University of NY, College at Brockport||Aquatic Ecology|
|2000||B.S||State University of NY, College at Brockport||Biology - Zoology|
|1998||AAS||Paul Smiths College||Ecology Env. Technology|
BIO 363 Mammalogy
BIO 467 Aquatic Invertebrates
CHM 399 Analytical Methods in Environmental Research
FWS 431 Aquatic Plants
|2012||Kelting, D.L., Laxson, C.L., and E.C. Yerger |
Regional analysis of the effect of paved roads on the sodium and chloride levels of lakes. Water Research 46: 2749-2758
|2010||Kelting, D.L and C.L. Laxson|
Cost and effectivness of hand-harvesting to control Eurasian water milfoil in Upper Saranac Lake NY. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. 48: 1-5
|2010||Laxson, C., Kelting, D., and E. Yerger|
Aquatic Plant Survey of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. Prepared for the Town of Inlet, N.Y.
|2010||Kelting, D.L and C.L. Laxson|
Review of Effects and Costs of Road De-icing with Recommendation for Winter Road Management in the Adirondack Park. AWI Report 2010-1, prepared for ADKaction.org
|2009||Kelting, D., Holmlund, E., and C. Laxson|
Aquatic nuisance species prevention program for the Eckford chain of lakes. Prepared for the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
|2008||Woodcock, T., Evans, C., Laxson, C., Tucker, R., Allen, J., Mihuc, J., Allen, E., and J. Mihuc|
Land use designation and vegetation community structure in the Adirondack uplands (New York, USA). Applied Vegetation Science. Published online, Opulus Press Uppsala
|2003||Laxson, C.L., McPhedran K., Makaerwicz, J.C., Rivier, I.K. and H.J. MacIssac|
Effects of the nonindigenous cladoceran Cercopagis pengoi on the lower food web of Lake Ontario. Freshwater Biology. 48 (12) 2094-2106
|2002||Makarewicz, J., Damaske, E., Laxson, C|
Seasonal and vertical distribution, food web dynamics and contaminant biomagnification of Cercopagis pengoi in Lake Ontario. Pages 132-141 in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, 25-28 February 2002, Alexandria, VA. The Professional Edge, Pembroke, ON.
|Relevant Work Experience|
|2007 - ||Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smiths College Research Associate|
|2003 - 2005||Adirondack Upland Watershed Project Research Associate|
|2002 - ||Paul Smiths College Instructor - Biological Sciences|
|2000 -2002||Department of Biology, SUNY Brockport Teaching Assistant|
|1998-2002||Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology and Aquaculture Research Assistant|
|1997||Adirondack Park Agency Naturalist, Visitors Interpretive Center|