I am a freshwater ecologist, with expertise and interests that span phycology (algae), macroinvertebrates, biodiversity, taxonomy, conservation, restoration ecology, and global change.
My research centers on the ecology of lotic (i.e. rivers, streams) and lentic (i.e. lakes, reservoirs) ecosystems, especially benthic communities and algal assemblages. I focus my research on trying to understand what shapes and controls the structure and function of biotic communities and ecosystems, and on using ecology to find better ways to monitor, protect and predict changes in freshwater environments. Check out my research website for more details.
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2008
Dissertation: Wet wall algal community response to in-field nutrient manipulation of nitrogen and phosphorus, and the taxonomy, ecology, and distribution patterns of the acidophilic diatom genus Eunotia Ehr. of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Master of Science, Biology
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, 2003
Thesis: Sediment characteristics and benthic macroinvertebrate communities under contrasting drawdown regimes of a lake-reservoir and a natural lake.
Bachelor of Science, Biology & Environmental Studies
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, with distinction, 1997
St. Catherine University: 3M-Research Grant – Student-Faculty Collaboration: Polyphosphates in the nuisance alga Didymosphenia (2016).
Environmental Impact Assessment: Park Development Impact on Bird Biodiversity (2015).
St. Catherine University: Faculty Research Grant: Algal Identification for the Eel River Watershed (2014).
St. Catherine University: Faculty Research Grant - Student-Faculty Collaboration: Patterns and constraints of nitrogen-fixing algal species among freshwater rivers. (2013)
US Geological Survey: Addition of Eunotia taxon pages to the Diatoms of the United States website (2012). http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/.
Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University, 2012–Present
Adjunct Faculty, St. Catherine University, 2011–2012
Postdoctoral Research Associate, St. Catherine University, 2010–2011
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California Berkeley, 2008–2010
Furey, P.C. & A. Liess. 2015. Substratum-Associated Microbiota. Literature Review. Water Environment Research. In-press.
Furey, P.C. & A. Liess. 2014. Substratum-Associated Microbiota. Literature Review. Water Environment Research. 86(10): 1774–1831.
Furey, P.C., S.J. Kupferberg, & A.J. Lind. 2014. The perils of unpalatable periphyton: Didymosphenia and other mucilaginous stalked diatoms common downstream of hydropeaking dams as food for tadpoles. Diatom Research, Special Issue: Didymosphenia SI. 29(3) 267–280. DOI: 10.1080/0269249X.2014.924436.
Furey, P.C. & A. Liess. 2013. Substratum-Associated Microbiota. Literature Review. Water Environment Research. 85(10): 1786–1827.
Holomuzki, J.R., P.C. Furey, R.L. Lowe, & M.E. Power. 2013. Microdistributional variability of larval caddisflies in Mediterranean-climate streams in northern California. Western North American Naturalist. 73(3): 261–269.
Furey, P.C., S. Mayama, R.L. Lowe, & A. Catenazzi. 2012. Frankophila wayqechae sp. nov., a new aerophilic diatom species (Bacillariophyta) from the Peruvian Andes, South America. Diatom Research. 27: 165–175.
Furey, P.C., M.E. Power, R.L. Lowe, & A. Campbell-Craven#. 2012. Midges, Cladophora and epiphytes: shifting interactions through succession. Freshwater Science. 31(1): 93–107.
Twiss, M.R., R.M.L. McKay, R.A. Bourbonniere, G.S. Bullerjahn, H.J. Carrick, R.E.H. Smith, J.G. Winter, N. D’Souza, P.C. Furey, A.R. Lashaway, M.A. Saxton, & S.W. Wilhelm. 2012. Diatoms abound in ice-covered Lake Erie: An investigation of offshore winter limnology in Lake Erie over the period 2007 to 2010. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 38(1): 18–30. *Highly cited paper award 2012 – among top 15 cited*
Furey, P.C. 2012. Species: Eunotia exigua, E. incisa, E. microcephala, E. naegelii, E. nymanniana, E. paludosa, E. rhomboidea, E. subherkiniensis, E. tenella, E. trinacria. Peer reviewed taxon pages in Diatoms of the United States. <http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/genus/eunotia>
Furey, P.C., R.L. Lowe, & J.R. Johansen. 2011. Eunotia (Bacillariophyta) of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. Bibliotheca Diatomologica. 56: 134 pp, 53 plates.
Furey, P.C. 2015. Beauty of Iceland: A guided tour of subaerial algal assemblages. North American Diatom Symposium, Beaver Island, MI.
Furey, P.C.; J.R. Welter, D, Sander, T. Williamson, W. Cross. 2015. Algal assemblages as Changes in N2-fixing algal species assemblages across a stream temperature gradient: Implications of warming for species composition and ecosystem function. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting.
Furey, P.C.; J.R. Welter, A. Ahles, J. Goldschmidt, & D. Nelson. 2014. What do the algae say? Winter patterns in nitrogen-fixing algal assemblages in streams in the Hengill Region of Iceland. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.
Bouma-Gregson, K., R.L. Lowe, M.E. Power, P.C. Furey, J. Welter, and R.M. Kudela. 2014. Flow and climate thresholds for algal assemblages in a nitrogen poor river in a Mediterranean climate: tipping towards toxicity? Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.
Furey, P.C., B. Wolfe, J.R. Welter, D.R Sander, & B.D. Lawrence. 2013. Composition and abundance of nitrogen-fixing algal assemblages in nitrogen-limited streams along a geothermal gradient in the Hengill region of Iceland. Society for Freshwater Science Conference, Jacksonville, FL.
Welter, J.R., D.R. Sander, B.D. Lawrence, P.C. Furey, & J.M Hood. 2013. Effect of temperature on N2 fixation rates and N2 fixer species assemblages in streams in the Hengill Region of Iceland. Society for Freshwater Science Conference, Jacksonville, FL.
Furey, P.C., S.J. Kupferberg, & A.J. Lind. 2013. Consequences of Didymosphenia and other stalked diatoms common downstream of hydropeaking dams as food for tadpoles. International Didymosphenia Conference, Providence, RI.
Furey, P.C., S.J. Kupferberg, & A.J. Lind. 2012. The perils of unpalatable periphyton: Didymosphenia and other mucilaginous diatoms common downstream of hydropeaking dams as food for tadpoles. Society for Freshwater Science, Louisville, KY.
Welter, J.R., P.C. Furey, M.E. Power, A.R. Bratt, B.L. Weigel, & J.A. Cormier#. 2012. Interactive effect of floods and grazing on abundance, activity, and species composition of nitrogen fixers in a river network. Society for Freshwater Science, Louisville, KY.
Furey, P.C., A.J. Rosendahl, J.R. Welter. 2011. Nutrient constraints on nitrogen-fixation and algal species assemblages in an N-limited northern California River. North American Benthological Society, Providence, RI.
Welter, J.R., P. C. Furey, J.A. Cormier, A.J. Rosendahl, B.L. Weigel, & G.M. Wilkinson. 2011 Abiotic and biotic constraints on nitrogen fixation and producer species assemblages in an N-limited river ecosystem. Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.
Furey P.C., M.E. Power, R.L. Lowe, & A. Campbell-Craven. 2010 Ecological implications of tuft weaving midge (Pseudochironomus richardsonii) interactions with Cladophora dominated by different algal epiphyte assemblages. Joint North American Benthological Society & American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Sante Fe, NM.
Furey, P.C., M.E. Power, R.L. Lowe, M. Limm, J.R. Welter, J. Sculley, & C. Ng. 2009. Algal assemblages as drivers and indicators of riverine ecosystem states: photogrammetric assessment of ecologically significant variation at watershed scales. North American Benthological Society, Grand Rapids, MI.