Catherine O'Reilly


Studying the world's freshwaters


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§ joint authorship, ** graduate student, * undergraduate student; Open access publications are linked to the publication online

Hampton, S.E., A.W.E. Galloway, S.M. Powers, T. Ozersky, K.H. Woo, R.D. Batt, S.G. Labou, C.M. O'Reilly, S. Sharma, N.R.  Lottig, E.H. Stanley, R.L. North, J.D. Stockwell, R. Adrian, G.A. Weyhenmeyer, L. Arvola, H.M. Baulch, I. Bertani, L.L. Bowman, Jr., C.C. Carey, J. Catalan, W. Colom-Montero, L.M. Domine, M. Felip, I. Granados, C. Gries, H.-P. Grossart, J. Haberman, M. Haldna, B. Hayden, S.N. Higgins, J.C. Jolley, K.K. Kahilainen, E. Kaup, M.J. Kehoe, S. MacIntyre, A.W. Mackay, H.L. Mariash, R.M. McKay, B. Nixdorf, P. Nõges, T. Nõges, M. Palmer, D.C. Pierson, D.M. Post, M.J. Pruett, M. Rautio, J.S. Read, S.L. Roberts, J. Rücker, S. Sadro, E.A. Silow, D.E. Smith, R.W. Sterner, G.E.A. Swann, M.A. Timofeyev, M. Toro, M.R. Twiss, R.J. Vogt, S.B. Watson, E.J. Whiteford, and M.A. Xenopoulos. 2016. Ecology under lake ice. Ecology Letters.

Hampton, S.E., D. Gray, S. Sharma, and C. M. O'Reilly. 2016. Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe. Mountain Views CIRCMOUT 10(1): 5-9.

Darner Gougis, R., J. F. Stomberg**, A. O'Hare**, N. E. Bader, T. Meixner, C. M. O'Reilly, C. C. Carey. 2016. If random is to have no pattern, how can we predict variation in a random sample?: Post-secondary science students' concepts of randomness and variation. International Journal of Mathematics and Science Education doi:10.1007/s10763-016-9737-7.

Read, J.S., C. Gries, E.K. Read, J. Klug, P. Hanson, M. Hipsey, E. Jennings, C. M. O'Reilly, L.A. Winslow, D. Pierson, C. McBride, and D. Hamilton. 2016. Generating community-built tools for data sharing and analysis in environmental networks. Inland Waters 6: 637-644.

Bader, N., D. Soule**, D. Castendyk, T. Meixner, C. O'Reilly, and R. Darner. 2016. Students, meet data: Using publicly available, high-frequency sensor data in the classroom. Eos, March 17.

O'Reilly§, C.M., S. Sharma§, D.K. Gray§, S.E. Hampton§, J.S. Read, R.J. Rowley, P. Schneider, J. D. Lenters, P.B. McIntyre, B.M. Kraemer**, G.A. Weyhenmeyer, D. Straile, B. Dong, R. Adrian, M.G. Allan, O. Anneville, L. Arvola, J. Austin, J.L. Bailey, J.S. Baron, J.D. Brookes, E. de Eyto, M. T. Dokulil, D. P. Hamilton, K. Havens, A.L. Hetherington**, S.N. Higgins, S. Hook, L.R. Izmest'eva, K.D. Jöhnk, K. Kangur, P. Kasprzak, M. Kumagai, E. Kuusisto, G. Leshkevich, D.M. Livingstone, S. MacIntyre, L. May, J.M. Melack, D.C. Müller-Navarra, M. Naumenko, P. Nõges, T. Nõges, R.P. North, P.-D. Plisnier, A. Rigosi, A. Rimmer, M. Rogora, L. G. Rudstam, J.A. Rusak, N. Salmaso, N.R. Samal, D.E. Schindler, S.G. Schladow, M. Schmid, S.R. Schmidt, E. Silow, M.E. Soylu, K. Teubner, P. Verburg, A. Voutilainen, A. Watkinson, C. E. Williamson, and G. Zhang. 2015. Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe. 2015. Geophysical Research Letters 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL066235.

Kraemer**, B. M., P. B., McIntyre, S. Hook, T.Huttula, P. Kotilainen, C. M. O'Reilly, A. Peltonen, P.-D. Plisnier, J. Sarvala, R. Tamatamah, Y. Vadeboncoeur, and B. Wehrli. 2015. Long-term temperature and stability trends in Lake Tanganyika inferred from in situ, satellite, and paleolimnological approaches. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132490, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132490.

Gibson, C. A., C. M. O'Reilly, A. L. Conine*, W. Jobs, L. Jefferies*, and S. Belli. 2015. Organic matter carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous from a single persulfate digestion. Limnology and Oceanography Methods 13: 202-211 doi: 10.1002/lom3.10023.

Carey, C.C., R. Darner Gougis, J. L. Klug, C. M. O'Reilly, and D. C. Richardson. 2015. A model for using environmental data-driven inquiry and exploration to teach limnology to undergraduates. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 24(2):2-5 doi: 10.1002/lob.10020

Sharma§, S., D. K. Gray§, J. S. Read§, C. M. O'Reilly§, P. Schneider, A. Qudrat, C. Gries, S. Stefanoff, S.E. Hampton, S. Hook, J.D. Lenters, D.M. Livingstone, P.B. McIntyre, R. Adrian, M.G. Allan, O. Anneville, L. Arvola, J. Austin, J. Bailey, J.S. Baron, J.D. Brookes, Y. Chen, R. Daly, M. Dokulil, B. Dong, K. Ewing, E. de Eyto, D.P. Hamilton, K. Havens, S. Haydon, H. Hetzenauer, J. Heneberry, A.L. Hetherington**, S.N. Higgins, E. Hixson, L.R. Izmest'eva, B.M. Jones, K. Kangur, P. Kasprazak, O. Köster, B. M. Kraemer**, M. Kumagai, E. Kuusisto, G. Leshkevich, L. May, S. MacIntyre, D. Müller-Navarra, M. Naumenko, P. Nõges, T. Nõges, P. Niederhauser, R.P. North, A. Paterson, P.-D. Plisnier, A. Rigosi, A. Rimmer, M. Rogora, L.G. Rudstam, J.A. Rusak, N. Salmaso, N.R. Samal, D.E. Schindler, G. Schladow, S.R. Schmidt, T. Schultz, E.A. Silow, D. Straile, K. Teubner, P. Verburg, A. Voutilainen, A. Watkinson, G.A. Weyhenmeyer, C.E. Williamson, and K. Woo. 2015. A global database of lake surface temperatures (1985-2009) collected by in situ and satellite methods. Scientific Data 2:150008 doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.8.

Gibson§, C. A., C. M. O'Reilly§, A. L. Conine* and S. M. Lipshutz*. 2015. Nutrient uptake dynamics across a gradient of nutrient concentrations and ratios at the landscape scale. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 120(2): 326-340. doi: 10.1002/2014JG002747

Weathers, K. C., P. C. Hanson, P. Arzberger, J. Brentrup**, J. Brookes, C. C. Carey, E. Gaiser, D. P. Hamilton, G. S. Hong, B. Ibelings, V. Istvánovics, E. Jennings, B. Kim, T. Kratz, F.-P. Lin, K. Muraoka**, C. M. O'Reilly, C. Piccolo, K. C. Rose, E. Ryder**, G.  Zhu. 2013. The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON): The evolution of grassroots network science. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 22(3):71-73.

Root*, S. M. and C. M. O'Reilly. 2012. Didymo Control: Increasing the effectiveness of decontamination strategies and reducing spread. Fisheries 37(10): 440-448.

Gibson§, C. A. and C. M. O'Reilly§. 2012. Organic matter stoichiometry influences nitrogen and phosphorus uptake in a headwater stream. Freshwater Science 31(2): 395-407 (§ equal lead authorship; order decided by coin toss).

Katz*, D. S. W., G. M Lovett, C. D. Canham, and C. M. O'Reilly. 2010. Legacies of land use history diminish over 22 years in a forest in southeastern New York. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 137:236-251.

Adrian, R., C. M. O'Reilly, H. Zargarese, S. Baines, D. Hessen, D. M. Livingston, R. Sommaruga, D. Straile, E. van Donk, G. Weyhenmeyer, M. Winder, and W. Keller. 2009. Lakes as sentinels of present climate change. Limnology and Oceanography 54(6/2): 2283-2297.

Cunningham, M. A., C. M. O'Reilly, K. M. Menking, K. E. Smith, C. A. Foley, D. P. Gillikin, S. L. Belli, and A. M. Pregnall. 2009. The suburban stream syndrome: Evaluation of land use and stream impairment in the suburbs. Physical Geography 30(3):1-16.

Schmidt, R. E., C. M. O'Reilly, and D. Miller. 2009. Observations of American Eel using an upland passage facility and the effects of passage on population structure. American Journal of Fisheries Management 29: 715-720, DOI: 10.1577/M08-050.1.

Sako**, A., K. G. MacLeod, and C. M. O'Reilly. 2007. Stable oxygen and carbon isotopic compositions of Lates stappersii otoliths from Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33(4):806-815.

O'Reilly, C. M. (contributing author). 2007. Impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems, In: Rosenzweig, C., G. Casassa, D.J. Karoly, A. Imeson, C. Liu, A. Menzel, S. Rawlins, T.L. Root, B. Seguin, P. Tryjanowski, Assessment of observed changes and responses in natural and managed systems. In: M. L. Parry, O. F. Canziani, J. P. Palutikof, P. J. van der Linden and C. E. Hanson, (Eds.), Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, p. 79-131.

Bellinger**, B., C. Cocqyut, and C. M. O'Reilly. 2006. Benthic diatoms as indicators of eutrophication in tropical streams. Hydrobiologia 573(1): 75-87.

O'Reilly, C. M. 2006. Seasonal dynamics of periphyton in a large tropical lake. Hydrobiologia 553: 293-301.

Cohen , A. S., M. R. Palacios-Fest, J. McGill, P. Swarzenski, D. Verschuren, R. Sinyinza, T. Songori, B. Kakagozo , M. Syampila, C. M. O'Reilly, S. R. Alin. 2005. Paleolimnological Investigations of Anthropogenic Environmental Change in Lake Tanganyika: I: An Introduction to the Project. Journal of Paleolimnology 34(1): 1-18.

O'Reilly, C. M., D. L. Dettman, and A. S. Cohen. 2005. Paleolimnological Investigations of Anthropogenic Environmental Change in Lake Tanganyika: VI: Geochemical indicators. Journal of Paleolimnology 34(1): 85-91.

Cohen , A. S., M. R. Palacios-Fest, E. S. Msaky, S. R. Alin, B. A. McKee, C. M. O'Reilly, D. L. Dettman, H. H. Nkotagu, and K. E. Lezzar. 2005. Paleolimnological Investigations of Anthropogenic Environmental Change in Lake Tanganyika: IX: Summary of paleorecords of environmental change and catchment deforestation at Lake Tanganyika and impacts on the Lake Tanganyika ecosystem. Journal of Paleolimnology 34(1): 125-145.

Brooks, P. D., C. M. O'Reilly, S. A. Diamond, D. H. Campbell, R. Knapp, D. Bradford, P. S. Corn, B. Hossack, and K. Tonnessen. 2005. Spatial and temporal variability in the amount and source of dissolved organic carbon: Implications for UV exposure in amphibian habitats. Ecosystems 8(5): 478-487.

Sako**, A., C. M. O'Reilly, N. Bickford, R. Hannigan, and R. L. Johnson. 2005. Variations in otolith elemental compositions of two clupeid species, Stolothrissa tanganicae and Limnothrissa miodon in Lake Tanganyika. Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis 5: 91-97 Part 1.

O'Reilly, C. M., P. –D. Plisnier, A. S. Cohen, S. R. Alin. 2004. Reply to “Climate change not shown to affect Lake Tanganyika.” Brief Communications Arising, Nature 430 doi:10.1038/nature02737

O'Reilly, C. M., S. R. Alin, P. –D. Plisnier, A. S. Cohen, and B. A. McKee. 2003. Climate change decreases aquatic ecosystem productivity in Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Nature 424: 766-768.

O'Reilly, C. M., R. E. Hecky, A. S. Cohen, and P. –D. Plisnier. 2002. Interpreting stable isotopes in food webs: Recognizing the role of time-averaging at different trophic levels. Limnology and Oceanography 47(1): 306-309.

Alin, S. R., C. M. O'Reilly, A. S. Cohen, D. Dettman, M. Palacios-Fest, E. Msaky, B. McKee. 2002. Recent land-use change and biodiversity history at Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. Geology 30(12): 1143-1146.

Book chapters:

O'Reilly, C. M., S. R. Alin. P.-D. Plisnier, and A. S. Cohen. 2006. The potential influence of climate change on productivity of the East African Rift Valley Lakes. M. Kumagai and K. Ishikawa (eds.) World Lakes in the Global Environment. Kokon-shoin, Tokyo, Japan. In Japanese.

O'Reilly, C. M., P. Verburg, R. E. Hecky, P.-D. Plisnier, and A. S. Cohen. 2003. “Food web dynamics in stable isotope ecology: Time integration of different trophic levels” pp. 125-134, In: L. Seuront and P. Strutton (eds.), Handbook of scaling methods in aquatic ecology: Measurement, analysis, simulation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Catherine O'Reilly's research focuses on lakes and streams, studying water quality, nutrient cycles and biogeochemistry, with an interest in impacts of land use and climate change. Much of her work has focused on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa, where her research was among the first to show ecosystem-scale impacts of current climate change. Dr. O'Reilly is involved in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and the Global Lake Temperature Collaboration (GLTC). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and DANIDA, and she has given scientific presentations around the world. Dr. O'Reilly has a B.A. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. As part of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr. O'Reilly shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and 2000 other scientists.


Department of Geography-Geology

Illinois State Univeristy

Normal, IL 61790-4400