Carmen Aguilar

Associate Scientist
School of Freshwater Sciences



PhD, Biogeochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1992
MSc, Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of México), 1985
BS, Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of México), 1983

Research Interests

  • Geomicrobiology and microbial biogeochemistry
  • Interactions between minerals and microorganisms in freshwater and hydrothermal vent systems
  • Stable isotopes in marine and freshwater environments
  • Ecological dynamics of phytoplankton in freshwater
  • Research science education: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, Aquanaut program for science teachers
Recent and Selected Publications

Konkol N, Bruchner J, Aguilar C, Lovalvo D, and Maki J. 2010. Dominance of epiphytic filamentous Thiothrix spp. on an aquatic macrophyte in a hydrothermal vent flume in Sedge Bay, Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming. Microbial Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-010-9656-z.

Aguilar C, Fogel ML, and Paerl HW. 1999. Dynamics of atmospheric inorganic nitrogen utilization in the coastal waters of North Carolina. Marine Ecology Progress Series 180: 65-79.

Beard BL, Johnson CM, Cox L, Sun H, Nealson KH, and Aguilar C. 1999. Iron isotope biosignatures. Science 285: 1889-1892.

Aguilar C and Nealson KH. 1998. Biogeochemical cycling of manganese in Oneida Lake, New York; Whole Lake Studies. Journal of Great Lakes Research 24(1): 60-71.

Balistrieri LS, Shanks III WC, Cuhel RL, Aguilar C, and Klump JV. 2007. The Influence of sublacustrine hydrothermal vents on the geochemistry of Yellowstone Lake p. 169-200. In: Morgan, L.A. (ed.), Integrated Geoscience Studies in the Greater Yellowstone Area- Volcanic, Tectonic and Hydrothermal Processes in the Yellowstone Geoecosystem. United States Geological Survey Professional Paper 1717, 532p.

Effects of invasive species on food web interactions and ecophysiology