Brian C Weidel



Ph.D. in Limnology and Marine Science, Center for Limnology, Univerisity of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

M.S. in Natural Resources, Department of Natural ResourcesCornell University, 2003

B.S. in Natural Resources, Department of Natural ResourcesCornell University, 1997


Current Appointment

Research Fishery Biologist, Lake Ontario Biological Station, March 2010 - Present




Research Fishery Biologist, United States Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center           2010 – present

 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin, Madison                                                                 2009 - 2010

 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison                                                         2005 - 2008

 Research Assistant & Laboratory Manager, Cornell University                                                             2004 - 2005

 Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources                      2000 - 2003

 Research Assistant, Cornell University, Adirondack Fishery Research Program                              1998 - 2000

 Research Assistant, Cornell University, Cornell Biological Field Station                                             1997 - 1998

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Kornis, M.S., B.C. Weidel, S.M. Powers, T.J.Cline, M. Diebel, J. Fox, and J.F. Kitchell. 2015. Fish community dynamics following dam removal in a fragmented agricultural stream. Aquatic Sciences 77: 465-480. [Link]

Craig N, Jones SE, Weidel BC, Solomon CT. 2015. Habitat, not resource availability, limits consumer production in lake ecosystems. Limnology and Oceanography, 60: 2079-2089 [Link]

Young, T., O. Jensen, B. Weidel, and S. Chandra. 2015. Natural trophic variability in a large, oligotrophic, near-pristine lake. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41(2):463-472. [Link]

Vander Zanden, J.,C. Murray, E. Moody, C. Solomon, B. Weidel. Predicting stable isotope turnover and half-life in animal tissues. PLOS ONE. [Link]

Stewart, T., L. Rudstam, J. Watkins, T. Johnson, B. Weidel and M. Koops. in press. Research needs to better understand Lake Ontario Ecosystem Function. Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Solomon, C., S. Jones, B. Weidel, I. Buffam, M. Fork, J. Karlsson, S. Larsen, J. Lennon, J. Read, S. Sadro, and J. Saros. 2015. Ecosystem consequences of global browning of lakes. Ecosystems 18 376-389. [Link]

Bunnell, D.B. R.P. Barbiero, S.A. Ludsin, C.P. Madenjian, G.J. Warren, D.M. Dolan, T.O. Brenden, R. Briland, O.T. Gorman, J.X. He, T.H. Johengen, B.F. Lantry, B.M. Lesht, T.F. Nalepa, S.C. Riley, C.M. Riseng, T.J. Treska, I. Tsehaye, D.M. Warner, M.G. Walsh, and B.C. Weidel. 2014. Changing ecosystem dynamics in the Laurentian Great Lakes: exploring evidence for bottom-up and top-down regulation. Bioscience. 64:26-39. [Link]

Kelly, P.T., C.T. Solomon, B.C. Weidel and S.E. Jones. 2014. Terrestrial carbon is a resource, but not a subsidy, for lake zooplankton. Ecology 95:1236–1242. [Link]

Rudstam, L., K. Holeck., K. Bowen, J. Watkins, B. Weidel, and F. Luckey. in press. Crustacean zooplankton in Lake Ontario’s offshore: a comparison of the intensive field years of 2003 and 2008. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management.

Watkins J.M. B. Weidel, L. Rudstam, and K. Holeck. in press. Spatial extent and dissipation of the deep chlorophyll layer (DCL) in Lake Ontario during LOLA 2003 and 2008. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management.

Cline, T., D. Seekell, S. Carpenter, J. Hodgson, J. Kitchell, M.L. Pace, B. Weidel. 2014. Spatial variance in prey fish catch-per-unit-effort increased prior to a regime shift in a whole-ecosystem experiment. Ecosphere 5(8).

Godwin, S.C., Solomon, C.T., Weidel, B.C., Jones, S.E. 2014. Dissolved organic carbon concentration controls benthic primary production: Results from in situ chambers in north-temperate lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. 59:2112-2120. 10.4319/lo.2014.59.6.2112 [Link]

Kornis, M.S., B.C. Weidel, S.M. Powers, T.J.Cline, M. Diebel, J. Fox, and J.F. Kitchell. in press Fish community dynamics following dam removal in a fragmented agricultural stream. Aquatic Sciences.

Yule, D.L. J.V. Adams, D.M. Warner, T.R. Hrabik, P.M. Kocovsky, B.C. Weidel, L.G. Rudstam, and P.J. Sullivan. 2013. Evaluating approaches for estimating biomass of pelagic fish biomass using simulated fish communities. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 70: 1845-1857. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0072 [Link]

Jones, S.J., C.T. Solomon, and B.C. Weidel. 2012. Subsidy, substitution, or subtraction: How do terrestrial inputs influence consumer production in lakes? Freshwater Reviews 5:37-49. doi: 10.1608/FRJ-5.1.475 [Link]

Cline, T.J., B.C. Weidel, J.F. Kitchell, and J.R. Hodgson. 2012. Growth response of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) to catch-and-release angling: a 27-year mark-recapture study. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 69:224-230. 10.1139/f2011-150. [Link]

Ahrenstorff, T.D., O.P. Jensen, B.C. Weidel, B. Mendsaikhan, and T.R. Hrabik. 2012. Abundance, spatial distribution, and diet of endangered Hovsgol grayling (Thymallus nigrescens). Environmental Biology of Fishes. doi:10.1007/s10641-011-9961-5. [Link]

Lantry, B.F., C.G. Gumtow, M.G. Walsh, B.C. Weidel, B.T. Boscarino and L.G. Rudstam. 2012 Consumption of Hemimysis anomala by fishes in southeastern Lake Ontario during 2009-2010. Journal of Great Lakes Research . 38 (2): 73–78. doi: [Link]

Brosseau, C.J., T.J. Cline, J.J. Cole, J.R. Hodgson, ML. Pace, and B.C. Weidel. 2012. Do Daphnia use metalimnetic organic matter in a north temperate lake: An analysis of vertical migration. Inland Waters 2: 193-198. DOI: 10.5268/IW-2.4.513 [Link]

Moody E.K., B.C. Weidel, T.D. Ahrenstorff, W.P. Mattes and J.F. Kitchell. 2011. Evaluating the growth potential of sea lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) feeding on siscowet lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in Lake Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 343-348.

Weidel, B. C., S.R. Carpenter, J.F. Kitchell, M.J. Vander Zanden. 2011. Rates and components of carbon turnover in fish muscle: insights from bioenergetics models and a whole-lake 13C addition. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:387-399.

Solomon, C. S. Carpenter, M. Clayton, J. Cole, J. Coloso, M. Pace, M.J. Vander Zanden, and B. Weidel 2011. Terrestrial, benthic, and pelagic resource use in lakes: results from a three-isotope Bayesian mixing model. Ecology 92:1115–1125. [Link]

Cole, J.J., S.R. Carpenter, J. Kitchell, M.L. Pace, C.T. Solomon, and B. Weidel. 2011. Strong evidence for terrestrial support of zooplankton in small lakes based on stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:1975-1980. [Link]

Tetzlaff, J.C., Roth, B.R., Weidel, B.M., and J.F. Kitchell. 2011. Predation by native sunfishes (Lepomis spp.) on the invasive crayfish Orconectes rusticus in four northern Wisconsin lakes. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 20:133-143. [Link]

Carpenter, S.R., J.J. Cole, M.L. Pace, R.D. Batt, W.A. Brock, T. Cline, J. Coloso, J.R. Hodgson, J.F. Kitchell, D.A. Seekell, L. Smith and B. Weidel. 2011. Early warnings of regime shifts: A whole-ecosystem experiment. Science 332: 1079-1082. [Link]

Robinson, J.M., D.C Josephson, B.C. Weidel and C.E. Kraft. 2010. Influence of variable interannual summer water temperatures on brook trout growth, consumption, reproduction, and mortality in an unstratified Adirondack lake. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:685-699. [Link]

Solomon, C.T., J. Cole, R. Doucett, M. Pace, N. Preston, L. Smith, and B. Weidel. 2009. The influence of dietary water on the hydrogen stable isotope ratio in aquatic consumers. Oecologia 161:313-324.

Jensen, O., D. Gilroy, Z. Hogan, B. Allen, T. Hrabik, B. Weidel, S. Chandra, and M.J. Vander Zanden, 2009. Evaluating recreational fisheries for an endangered species: a case study of taimen, Hucho taimen, in Mongolia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 66:1707-1718.

Biggs, R., Diebel, M., Gilroy, D., Kamarainen, A., Kornis, M., Preston, N., Schmitz, J. Uejio, C., Van De Bogert, M., Weidel, B., West, P., Zaks, D. and S. Carpenter 2009. Preparing for the future: Teaching scenario planning at the graduate level. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. online

Weidel, B., S. Carpenter, J. Cole, J. Hodgson, Kitchell, M. Pace, and C. Solomon. 2008 Carbon sources supporting fish growth in a north temperate lake. Aquatic Sciences. 70: 446-458.

Zipkin, E., Sullivan, P., Cooch, E., Kraft, C., Shuter, B., Weidel, B. 2008. Overcompensatory response of a smallmouth bass population to harvest: release from competition? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Society 65:2279-2292.

Josephson, D., J. Robinson, B. Weidel and C. Kraft. 2008. Long-term retention and visibility of visible implant elastomer tags in brook trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 28:1758-1761.

Weidel, B., Ushikubo, T., Carpenter, S., Kita, N., Cole, J., Kitchell, J., Pace M., Valley, J. 2007. Diary of a bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus): daily δ13C and δ18O records in otoliths by ion microprobe. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1641-1645.

Pace, M.L., S.R. Carpenter, J.J. Cole, J.J. Coloso, J.F. Kitchell, J.R. Hodgson, J.J. Middelburg, N.D. Preston, C.T. Solomon, and B.C. Weidel. 2007. Does terrestrial organic carbon subsidize the planktonic food web in a clear-water lake? Limnology and Oceanography 52: 2177-2189.

Weidel, B.C., Josephson, D.C., and Kraft, C.E. 2007. Fish community response to removal of introduced smallmouth bass in an oligotrophic Adirondack lake. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 178: 778-789

Lepak, J.M., C.E. Kraft, and B.C. Weidel. 2006. Rapid food web recovery in response to removal of an introduced apex predator. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63: 569-575.

Weidel, B.C., D.C. Josephson, C.C. Krueger. 2000. Diet and prey selection of naturalized smallmouth bass in an oligotrophic Adirondack lake. J. Freshwater Ecol. 15:411-420.