Research and Teaching InterestsA central theme in much of Dr. Thomas’ research is to determine ecosystem level consequences
of natural and anthropogenic stresses in aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Thomas works principally
with primary producer communities in shallow marine/freshwater hydrosystems, linking
ecosystem structure to physico-chemical variation by understanding functional processes
at the base of the food web. His research has combined descriptive and experimental
approaches to determine causal relationships between biotic and environmental variation.