Bopaiah Biddanda, Ph.D.

Professor Bopi Biddanda

Professor of Water Resources

Grand Valley State University
Annis Water Resources Institute
740 West Shoreline Drive Muskegon, MI 49441

Office: 226 Lake Michigan Center
Phone: (616) 331-3978 Fax: (616) 331-3864 Email: [email protected]

Dr. Bopi Biddanda is an Aquatic Microbial Ecologist interested in the Carbon Biogeochemistry of natural waters. He has a background in Marine Biology, Oceanography and Microbial Ecology, and likes to address questions of carbon flow driven by microorganisms in nature. He was born in India and had his early education there including a Master's degree in Marine Biology. Following Ph.D. work in Marine Microbial Ecology at the University of Georgia, he has worked at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany), University of Texas marine Science Institute, and the University of Minnesota before joining GVSU's Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon as a Research Scientist to explore the Great Lakes.

Currently, he conducts research on the carbon cycle of Lake Michigan and on the ecology of submerged sinkholes in Lake Huron, teaches graduate courses on Aquatic Microbial Ecologyand Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, mentors undergraduate and graduate students, and serves on the board of 2 international science journals (Journal of Plankton Research and Aquatic Microbial Ecology).

AWRI / Teaching Activities:

  • Exploration of Submerged Sinkhole Ecosystems in Lake Huron
  • Studying the nature of the coupling between autotrophs and heterotrophs in aquatic ecosystems
  • Carbon balance in Lake Michigan: Role of terrigenous inputs (land-lake linkages)
  • Investigating photochemical and microbial mediation of carbon flux
  • Investigating microbial responses to climate change scenarios
  • Managing aquatic microbial ecology and carbon biogeochemistry laboratory activities
  • Managing the Radio Isotope Laboratory
  • Muskegon Lake Long-term Research
  • Teaching - Plankton Ecology and Ecosystem Biogeochemistry


  • General Areas -
    1. Aquatic Biology, Limnology and Oceanography. 2. Microbial Ecology: Role of bacteria in nutrient cycles. 3. Carbon Cycle at local and global scales.
  • Specific Areas -
    1. Aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of carbon 2. Photochemical (UV) and microbial transformations of organic matter 3. Microbial metabolism and bioaccumulation of pollutants 4. Biological limnology and oceanography: Land - water linkages

 General Information:

  • Ph.D. 1987 in Marine Microbial Ecology, University of Georgia
  • M.S. 1980 in Marine Biology, Karnatak University, India
  • B.S. 1978 in Biology, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, India
  • Research Associate 2002 in Department of Ecology, University of Minnesota
  • Visiting Professor 1998 in Department of Oceanography, University of Rio Grande, Brazil
  • Research Scientist Associate 1997 at University of Texas Marine Science Institute
  • Post-Doctoral Scientist 1991 at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Plankton Research
  • Member of American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
  • Member of International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)
  • Member of Ecological Society of America (ESA)

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