Carmen Aquilar

Carmen Aguilar-Diaz

  • 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

Cuhel, R.L. and C. Aguilar. 2018. The Quagga Mussel Experience: The Great Lakes' Lessons for the West. Municipal Water Leader 5(9): 12-16. (Joshua Dill, editor)

Cuhel, R.L. and C. Aguilar. 2016. Nutrient dynamics and biogeochemical cycling in Oneida Lake. Pages 111-137 in L.G. Rudstam, E.L. Mills, J.R. Jackson, and D.J. Stewart, editors. Oneida Lake: long-term dynamics of a managed ecosystem and its fishery. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Aguilar, Carmen and Russell Cuhel. 2016. Microbiogeochemical Ecophysiology of Freshwater Hydrothermal Vents in Mary Bay Canyon, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park WY. P.M. Glibert, T.M. Kana (eds.), Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry: A Dual Perspective, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-30259-1_23; Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

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.

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.

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.

Highlighted Media

Aguilar, C. and R.L. Cuhel. 2020. Keynote "Can It Make a Home Here? Invasive Species in Wisconsin Water for "“Seeing 20/20… a clear vision of clean waters”" 5th Annual Conference on "Clear Waters Clean Lakes", Healthy Lakes Conference: Virtual Meeting Friday, June 5th 2020.

Cuhel, R.L. and Aguilar, Carmen. 20 February 2020 : Wisconsin Public Television, Outdoor Wisconsin segment on "Science of Local Shipwrecks", Outdoor Wisconsin Series.

Cuhel, R.L. and Aguilar, Carmen. 23 February 2020 : MS-NBC "What's Eating America" Segment 2 – "Overcooked" with Chef Andrew Zimmern (Food Cities series); Cuhel and Aguilar 8 minutes ROV Prins Willem Climate Change.