Jennifer Tank

Jennifer Tank

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Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative
Ludmilla F., Stephen J. and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences

Office: 192 Galvin Life Science Center
Phone: 574-631-3976
Twitter: @jenniferltank

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Areas of Expertise

Aquatic ecology; biogeochemistry of streams and rivers; nutrient cycling and transport; land use effects on freshwater; agricultural conservation practices, restoration and water quality

Tank’s research focuses on the influence of human activities on ecosystem function in streams and rivers. Currently, much of Tank’s research takes place in the agricultural Midwest where she and her team focus on innovative techniques to improve sustainable agriculture by working with farmers to minimize negative effects on freshwater and livelihoods downstream. Tank is leading the new Indiana Watershed Initiative Project funded through the USDA Resource Conservation Partnership Program, which includes partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, county surveyors and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. Her goal is to improve the health and nutrient removal efficiency of streams and rivers draining cropland in the agricultural Midwest through implementation of watershed-scale conservation, using real-time nutrient sensing, cover crops and novel drainage management. An international authority on the cycling of nutrients in freshwater ecosystems, Tank has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles on the ecology of streams and rivers. Tank was a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow.


Fighting For Clean Water


Live eagle’s nest camera installed at ND-LEEF in St. Patrick’s County Park
Notre Dame team leads effort to track genetically engineered organisms in the wild
Biologist Jennifer Tank named 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow
Groundbreaking for Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility set for June 15
Notre Dame and St. Patrick’s County Park team up on new cutting-edge environmental facility
New study focuses on nitrogen in waterways as cause of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere
New study reveals that insecticides from genetically modified corn are present in adjacent streams
Notre Dame study sheds light on the role streams and rivers play in nitrogen removal
New study examines connection between genetically modified corn and the environment


Live eagle’s nest camera installed in St. Patrick’s County Park
Cleveland Plain Dealer — Algal blooms a 20-year problem for Lake Erie: Jennifer L. Tank
South Bend Tribune — ND LEEF prepares for Science Sunday at St. Pat’s