Jerry Kaster

Associate Professor
School of Freshwater Sciences


PhD, Biology, University of Colorado, 1978
MS, Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1976
BS, Biology, Winona State University, Minnesota, 1972
AS, Business, Austin Community College, 1968

Research Interests

  • Investigation of biological patterns, especially the historical role of megaleaps in seeding fast lane evolution in the invertebrates
  • The effect of environmental perturbations on invertebrate community function
  • Invertebrate-mediated processes at the water-sediment interface
  • The study of rise and collapse of biological hierarchies and their transitional interface exchanges as major determinants of sustainability
Recent and Selected Publications

Waples JT, Paddock R, Janssen J, Lovalvo D, Schulze B, Kaster J, and Klump JV. 2005. High resolution bathymetry and lakebed characterization in the nearshore zone of western Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 31 (Suppl. 1): 64-74.

MacKenzie RA, Kaster JL, and Klump JV. 2004. The ecological patterns of benthic invertebrates in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Journal of Great Lakes Research 30: 58-69.

MacKenzie RA and Kaster JL. 2004. Temporal and spatial patterns of insect emergence from a Lake Michigan coastal wetland. Wetlands 24: 688-700.


Function and evolution of freshwater and marine invertebrates