John Berges

Biological Sciences

Education and Experience

  • Affiliate Faculty Member, School of Freshwater Sciences, UW-Milwaukee, 2011-present
  • Lecturer, Queen's University of Belfast, 1996-2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Brookhaven National Laboratory 1994-6
  • PhD, University of British Columbia, 1994
  • MSc University of Guelph, 1989
  • BSc, University of Guelph, 1987


Research Interests

My laboratory tackles questions in ecology and cell biology in aquatic organisms using a range of biophysical, physiological, biochemical and molecular tools. Although we tend to focus on planktonic systems, we are also interested in benthic and near-shore processes, and we work across the spectrum of living things, from bacteria to fishes. We move freely between the laboratory and the field. Our efforts have been informed by new genome sequence information becoming available, and we have been involved in several genome annotations of algal species.

We are especially interested in:

  1. developing indices of biological rates and processes in aquatic
    ecosystems using a variety of biochemical and molecular methods, especially those involving
    enzymes and
  2. characterizing responses to stress and environmental change, using biophysical
    and biochemical approaches.

Selected Publications

Gareis, J A., Larson , E I., Ardón , M, Berges, John A., Brandt , J E., Busch, K M., Chraibi, V L., Gallagher, E N., Hondula , K L., Kincaid , D W., Levine , T D., Little , C J., Nodine , E R., Rock, A M., Shogren , A J., and Vanni , M J. “Using Wikipedia Assignments to Teach Critical Thinking and Scientific Writing in STEM Courses” Frontiers in Education 7. (2022): 905777.
Berges, John A., Driskill, Allison M., Guinn, Emily J., Pokrzywinski, Kaytee, Quinlan, Jessica, von Korff, Benjamin, and Young, Erica B. “Role of nearshore benthic algae in the Lake Michigan silica cycle” PLOS one 16.8 (2021): e0256838.
Minina, Elena A., Staal, Jens, Alvarez, Vanina E., Berges, John A., Berman-Frank, Ilana, Beyaert, Rudi, Bidle, Kay D., Bornancin, Frederic, Casanova, Magali, Cazzulo, Juan J., Choi, Chang J., Coll, Nuria S., Dixit, Vishva M., Dolinar, Marko, Fasel, Nicolas, Funk, Christiane, Gallois, Patrick, Gevaert, Kris, Gutierrez-Beltran, Emilio, Hailfinger, Stephan, Klemencic, Marina, Koonin, Eugene V., Krappmann, Daniel, Linusson, Anna, Machado, Mauricio F. M., , Madeo, Frank, Megeney, Lynn A., Moschou, Panagiotis N., Mottram, Jeremy C., Nystrom, Thomas, Osiewacz, Heinz D., Overall, Christopher M., Pandey, Kailash C., Ruland, Juergen, Salvesen, Guy S., Shi, Yigong, Smertenko, Andrei, Stael, Simon, Stahlberg, Jerry, Fernanda Suarez, Maria, , Thome, Margot, Tuominen, Hannele, Van Breusegem, Frank, , van der Hoorn, Renier A. L., , Vardi, Assaf, Zhivotovsky, Boris, Lam, Eric, and Bozhkov, Peter V. “Classification and Nomenclature of Metacaspases and Paracaspases: No More Confusion with Caspases” MOLECULAR CELL 77.5 (2020): 927-929.
Berges, John A., Gronquist, David J., Engevold, Paul G., Thorngate-Rein, Nathaniel, Sandgren, Craig D., Bowen, Kelly L., and Currie, Warren J. S., . “Immunochemical methods for identification of prey in freshwater zooplankton” LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY-METHODS 18.6 (2020): 221-234.
Young, Erica B., and Berges, John A. “Nitrogen stress in the marine environment: from scarcity to surfeit” Stressors in the Marine Environment: physiological responses and ecological implications Ed. Solan, Martin. (2016).
Berges, John A., Jiang, Y, Sterner, R W., Bullerjahn, G S., Ivanikova, N A., and McKay, R M. “Identification of factors constraining nitrate assimilation in Lake Superior, Laurentian Great Lakes” Hydrobiologia 731. (2014): 81-94.
Ribalet, F, Bastianini, M, Vidoudez, C, Berges, John A., Ianoura, A, Miralto, A, Pohnert, G, Romano, G, Wichard, T, and Casotti, R. “Phytoplankton cell lysis associated with polyunsaturated aldehyde release in the northern Adriatic Sea” PloS One 9.1 (2014): e85947.
Gronquist, David, and Berges, John A. “Effects of aquarium-related stresses on the zebrafish, Danio rerio:a comparison of behavioral, physiological and biochemical indicators” Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 25. (2013): 53-65.