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McCauley, D. J., T. E. Dawson, M. E. Power, J. C. Finlay, M. Ogada, D. B. Gower, K. Caylor, W. D. Nyingi, J. M. Githaiga, J. Nyunja, F. H. Joyce, R. L. Lewison, and J. S. Brashares. 2015. Carbon stable isotopes suggest that hippopotamus-vectored nutrients subsidize aquatic consumers in an East African river. Ecosphere 6: art52. 10.1890/es14-00514.1 (open access)

Brezonik, P, L.G. Olmanson, J.C. Finlay, and M. Bauer. 2015. Factors Affecting the Measurement of CDOM by Remote Sensing of Optically Complex Inland Waters. Remote Sensing of the Environment. 157: 199–215  10.1016/j.rse.2014.04.033


Hood, J.M., C.F.McNeely, J.C. Finlay, and R.W. Sterner. 2014. Influence of diet stoichiometry on nutrient release rates and ratios of selectively feeding detritivores. Freshwater Science 33(4):1093–1107.

Whittinghill, K.A., J.C. Finlay, and S.E. Hobbie. 2014. Bioavailability of dissolved organic carbon across a hillslope chronosequence in the Kuparuk River region, Alaska. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 79: 25-33.

Walter Anthony, K.M, S.A. Zimov, G. Grosse, M.C. Jones, P. Anthony, F. S. Chapin III, J.C. Finlay, M.C. Mack, S. Davydov, P. Frenzel, and S. Frolking. 2014. A shift of thermokarst lakes from carbon sources to sinks during the Holocene epoch. Nature 511: 452-456  10.1038/nature13560

Tsui, M.T.K., J.D. Blum, J.C. Finlay, S.J. Balogh, Y.H. Nollet, W.J. Palen, and M.E. Power. 2014. Variation in terrestrial and aquatic sources of methylmercury in stream predators as revealed by stable mercury isotopes. Environmental Science & Technology. 48: 10128-10135 10.1021/es500517

Crawford, J.T., E.H. Stanley, S.A. Spawn, J.C. Finlay, and R.G. Striegl. 2014.  Ebullitive Methane Emissions from Oxygenated Wetland Streams. Global Change Biology 10.1111/gcb.12614

Guentzel, K.S., M Hondzo, B.D. Badgley, J.C. Finlay, M.J. Sadowsky, and J.L. Kozarek. 2014 Measurement and modeling of denitrification in sand-bed streams of varying land use. Journal of Environmental Quality 43:1013–1023 10.2134/jeq2013.06.0249

Crawford, J.T., N.R. Lottig, E.H. Stanley, J,F. Walker, P.C. Hanson, J.C. Finlay, and R.G. Striegl. 2014. CO2 and CH4 emissions from streams in a lake-rich landscape: Patterns, controls and regional significance. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 28(3): 197-210   10.1002/2013GB004661

Janke, B., J. C. Finlay, S. E. Hobbie, L. A. Baker, D. Nidzgorski, R. W. Sterner, and B. N. Wilson. 2014. Contrasting Influences of Stormflow and Baseflow Pathways on Nitrogen and Phosphorus Export from an Urban Watershed. Biogeochemistry 121(1): 209-228 10.1007/s10533-013-9926-1

Bode, C.A., M.P. Limm, M.E. Power, and J.C. Finlay. 2014. Subcanopy Solar Radiation Model: Predicting solar radiation across a heavily vegetated landscape using LiDAR and GIS solar radiation. Remote Sensing of the Environment 154: 387–397    10.1016/j.rse.2014.01.028

Small, G.E, R.W. Sterner, and J.C. Finlay. 2014. An Ecological Network Analysis of Nitrogen Cycling in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Ecological Modeling.10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.02.001

French, W.E., B. Vrondacek, L.C. Ferrington, J.C. Finlay, and D.J. Dieterman. 2014.  Winter feeding, growth and condition of brown trout Salmo trutta in a groundwater-dominated stream. Journal of Freshwater Ecology DOI 10.1080/02705060.2013.847868

Hobbie, S.E., L.A. Baker, C. Buyarski, D. Nidzgorski, and J.C. Finlay. 2014. Decomposition of tree leaf litter in a street: implications for urban water quality. Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-013-0329-9


Finlay, J.C., G.E. Small, and R.W. Sterner. 2013 Human Influences on Nitrogen Removal in Lakes. Science 342: 247-250
DOI: 10.1126/science.1242575
Open access: Full text PDF

Small, G.E, J.B. Cotner, J.C. Finlay, R.A. Stark, and R.W. Sterner. 2013. Carbon and nitrogen transformations at the sediment-water interface across redox gradients in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Hydrobiologia DOI 10.1007/s10750-013-1569-7 (click for PDF)

Hondzo, M., M. Morris, V.R. Voller, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, J. Finlay, V. Ganti, and M.E. Power 2013. Estimating and Scaling Stream Ecosystem Metabolism along Channels with Heterogeneous Substrate. Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1391

Merten, E.C., P.G. Vaz, J.A. Decker-Fritz, J.C. Finlay, and H.G. Stefan. 2013. Relative importance of breakage and decay as processes depleting large wood from streams. Geomorphology 190: 40–47.

Munshaw, R.G. W.J. Palen, D. Courcelles, and J.C. Finlay. 2013.  Predator assemblages and the consequences for nutrient recycling in California stream ecosystems. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58542. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058542      

Baron, J.S., E.K. Hall, B.T. Nolan, J.C. Finlay, E. Bernhardt, J.A. Harrison, F. Chan, and E.W. Boyer, 2013. The Interactive Effects of Human-Derived Nitrogen Loading and Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems of the United States. Biogeochemistry doi 10.1007/s10533-012-9788-y (click for PDF)

Small, G.E, G.S. Bullerjahn, R.W. Sterner, B. Beall, S. Brovold, J.C. Finlay, R.M.L. McKay,  and M. Mukherjee. 2013. Rates and controls of nitrification in a large oligotrophic lake. Limnology and Oceanography 58(1): 276-286.  doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.1.0276

Tsui M.T.K., J.D. Blum, J.C. Finlay, S.J. Balogh, S.Y. Kwon, and Y.H. Nollet. 2013. Photodegradation of Methylmercury in Stream Ecosystems. Limnology and Oceanography 58(1), 13–22 doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.1.0013



Ishikawa, N.F., H. Doi, and J.C. Finlay. 2012.  Global meta-analysis for controlling factors on carbon stable isotope ratio of lotic periphyton. Oecologia. doi 10.1007/s00442-012-2308-x

Keeler, B.L., S. Polasky, K.A. Brauman, K.A. Johnson, J.C. Finlay, A. O’Neill, K. Kovacs, and B. Dalzell. 2012. Linking water quality and well-being for improved assessment and valuation of ecosystem services. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(45): 18619-18624.

Tsui M.T.K., J.D. Blum, S.Y. Kwon, Finlay J.C., S.J. Balogh, and Y.H. Nollet YH. 2012. Sources and Transfers of Methylmercury in Adjacent River and Forest Food Webs.  Environmental Science & Technology. 46(20),10957-10964  doi: 10.1021/es3019836



Finlay, J.C.  2011. Stream size and human influences on ecosystem production in river networks. Ecosphere. 2(8): doi:10.1890/ES11-00071.1 (open access)

Tsui M.T.K. and J.C. Finlay 2011. Influence of dissolved organic carbon on methylmercury bioavailability across Minnesota stream ecosystems. Environmental Science and Technology 45, 5981–5987

Dalzell, B., J. King, D. Mulla, J.C. Finlay, and G. Sands. 2011. Subsurface drainage effects on dissolved organic carbon export from agricultural ecosystems. JGR- Biogeosciences VOL. 116, G02023, doi:10.1029/2010JG001540.

Merten, E.C., J.C. Finlay, L.B. Johnson, R.M. Newman, H.G. Stefan, and B. Vondracek. 2011. Environmental controls of wood entrapment in Upper Midwestern streams. Hydrologic Processes. 25: 593-602 DOI 10.1002/hyp.7846

Schade, J.D., K. MacNeill, S.A. Thomas, F.C. McNeely, J.R. Welter, J. Hood, M. Goodrich,  M.E. Power, and J.C. Finlay. 2011. The stoichiometry of nitrogen and phosphorus spiraling in heterotrophic and autotrophic streams. Freshwater Biology 56:424-436. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02509.x.

Kumar, S., J.C. Finlay, and R.W. Sterner. 2011. Stable isotope composition of suspended particulate organic matter in Lake Superior and draining rivers. Biogeochemistry 103:1-14. DOI 10.1007/s10533-010-9441-6

Finlay, J.C., J.M. Hood, M.P. Limm, M.E. Power, J.D. Schade, and J.R. Welter. 2011. Light-mediated thresholds in stream water nutrient composition in a river network. Ecology. 92, No. 1: 140-150. 10.1890/09-2243.1



Sabo, J.L., J.C. Finlay, T. Kennedy, and D.M. Post. 2010. The Role of Discharge Variation in Scaling of Drainage Area and Food Chain Length in Rivers. Science 330:965-967 DOI: 10.1126/science.1196005

Merten, E.C., J. Finlay, L.B. Johnson, R.M. Newman, H.G. Stefan, and B. Vondracek.  2010.  Factors influencing wood mobilization in Minnesota streams.  Water Resources Research 46, W10514,10.1029/2009WR008772.

Tsui M.T.K., J.C. Finlay, Nollet Y.H., and Balogh S.J. 2010. In-situ production of methylmercury within a stream channel in northern California. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 6998–7004. 10.1021/es101374y

Green, M.B. and J.C. Finlay. 2010. Patterns of hydrologic control over stream water total nitrogen to total phosphorus ratios.  Biogeochemistry 99:15-30 doi:10.1007/s10533-009-9394-9

Finlay, J.C., R. Doucett, and F.C. McNeely. 2010. Tracing energy flow in stream food webs using stable isotopes of hydrogen. Freshwater Biology 55: 941-951 doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02327.x



Tsui, M.T.-K., J.C. Finlay, and E.A. Nater. 2009. Spatial Variation of Mercury Bioavailability in a River Network. Environmental Science & Technology.

Orr, C. H., J. J. Clark, P. R. Wilcock, J.C. Finlay, and M. W. Doyle. 2009. Comparison of morphological and biological control of exchange with transient storage zones in a field scale flume. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. 114, G02019, doi:10.1029/2008JG000825

Sabo, J.L., J.C. Finlay, and D.M. Post. 2009. Food chains in freshwaters. R.S. Ostfeld and W.H. Schlesinger, editors. The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology 2009. The New York Academy of Sciences 1162: 187-220.

Power, M., R. Lowe, P. Furey, J. Welter, M. Limm, J. Finlay, C. Bode, S. Chang, M. Goodrich, and J. Sculley. 2009. Algal mats and insect emergence in rivers under Mediterranean climates: Towards photogrammetric surveillance. Freshwater Biology doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2008.02163.x.



Tsui, M.T.-K., J.C. Finlay, and E.A. Nater. 2008. Effects of Stream Water Chemistry and Tree Species on Release and Methylation of Mercury during Litter Decomposition. Envi. Sci. & Technol. 42(23): 8692–8697.

Kumar, S., R. S. Sterner, and J.C. Finlay. 2008. Nitrogen uptake dynamics in Lake Superior. Journal of Geophysical Research. Volume 113, G04003, doi:10.1029/2008JG000720.

Green, M.B and J.C. Finlay. 2008. Detecting characteristic hydrological and biogeochemical signals through nonparametric scatter plot analysis of normalized data. Water Resources Research, 44, W08455, doi:10.1029/2007WR006509

Lyons, W.B. and J.C. Finlay. 2008. Biogeochemical processes in high latitude lakes and rivers. In:W. F. Vincent and J. Laybourn-Parry (eds) Polar Lakes and Rivers – Limnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems.Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.



Finlay, J.C., R.W. Sterner, and S. Kumar. 2007. Isotopic evidence for in-lake production of accumulating nitrate in Lake Superior. Ecological Applications. 17(8): 2323-2332.

Orr, C.H., E.H. Stanley, K.A. Wilson, and J.C. Finlay. 2007. Changes in denitrification following reintroduction of flooding to a leveed Midwestern floodplain. Ecological Applications 17(8): 2365-2376

Kumar, S., R. S. Sterner, J.C. Finlay, and S. Brovold. 2007. Spatial and Temporal Variation of Ammonium in Lake Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 33:581–591.

Finlay, J.C. and V.T. Vrendenburg. 2007. Introduced trout sever trophic connections between lakes and watersheds: consequences for a declining frog. Ecology 88: 2187-2198.

Sterner, R. W., E. Anagnostou, S. Brovold, G. S. Bullerjahn, J. C. Finlay, S. Kumar, R. M. L. McKay, and R. M. Sherrell. 2007. Increasing Stoichiometric Imbalance in North America's largest lake: Nitrification in Lake Superior. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L10406, doi:101029/2006GL028861.

McNeely, F.C., J.C. Finlay, and M.E. Power. 2007. Grazer traits, competition, and carbon sources to a headwater stream food web. Ecology 88(2): 391-401.

Post, D.M., M.W. Doyle, J.L. Sabo, and J.C. Finlay. 2007. The problem of boundaries in defining ecosystems: a potential landmine for unifying geomorphology and ecology. Geomorphology 89:111-126.

Finlay, J. C., and C. Kendall. 2007. Stable isotope tracing of organic matter sources and food web interactions in watersheds. Pages 283-333 in K. Lajtha and R. Michener, editors. Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science. Blackwell.



Neff J.C., J.C Finlay, S. Zimov, S. Davidov, and. T. Schuur. 2006. Seasonal Losses of Ancient Dissolved Organic Carbon in Siberian Rivers. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L23401.

O’Connor, B.L. M. Hondzo, D. Dobraca, T.M. LaPara, J.C. Finlay, and P.L. Brezonik. 2006. Quantity-activity relationship of denitrifying bacteria and environmental scaling in streams of a forested watershed. JGR- Biogeosciences 111, G04014.

Finlay, J., J. Neff, S. Zimov, A. Davydova, and S. Davydov. 2006. Snowmelt dominance of dissolved organic carbon in high-latitude watersheds: implications for characterization and flux of river DOC. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L10401.



Welp, L.A., J. T. Randerson, J. Finlay, S. P. Davydov, G. M. Zimova, A. I. Davydova, and S.A. Zimov. 2005. A high-resolution time series of oxygen isotopes from the Kolyma River: Implications for the seasonal dynamics of discharge and basin-scale water use. Geophysical Research Letters 32, L14401.

Kennedy, T.A., J.C. Finlay, and S.E. Hobbie. 2005. Exotic saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima) alters food web structure in a desert stream by changing resource availability. Ecological Applications 15(6): 2072-2083.

Jones, J.B., K.C. Petrone, J.C. Finlay, L.D. Hinzman, and W.R. Bolton. 2005. Nitrogen loss from watersheds of interior Alaska underlain with discontinuous permafrost. Geophysical Research Letters 32: L02401.



Finlay, J.C. 2004. Patterns and controls of lotic algal stable isotope ratios. Limnology and Oceanography. 49: 850-861.

Power, M.E.,  W.E. Rainey, M. Parker, J.L. Sabo, A. Smyth, S. Khandwala, J.C. Finlay, F.C. McNeely, K. Marsee, and C. Anderson. 2004. River to watershed subsidies in an old-growth conifer forest. In: G.A. Polis, M.E. Power and G.R. Huxel, (editors). Food webs in Landscapes. Chapman and Hall, N.Y.



Finlay, J.C. 2003. Controls of streamwater dissolved inorganic carbon dynamics in a forested watershed. Biogeochemistry 62: 231-252.



Finlay, J.C., S. Khandwala, and M.E. Power. 2002. Spatial scales of carbon flow through a river food web. Ecology 83: 1845-1859.

Bastow, J.L, J. Sabo, J.C. Finlay and M.E. Power. 2002. A basal aquatic-terrestrial trophic link in rivers: algal subsidies via shore-dwelling grasshoppers.  Oecologia 131: 261-268.


2001 and earlier

Finlay, J.C. 2001. Stable carbon isotope ratios of river biota: implications for energy flow in lotic food webs. Ecology 84: 1052-1064.

Wollheim, W.M., B.J. Peterson, L.A. Deegan, J.E. Hobbie, B. Hooker, W.B. Bowden, K.J. Edwardson, D.B. Arscott, A.E. Hershey and J. Finlay. 2001. Influence of stream size on ammonium and suspended particulate nitrogen processing. Limnology and Oceanography 46: 1-13.

Arscott, D., W.B. Bowden, and J.C. Finlay. 2000. Effect of desiccation, temperature, and irradiance on the metabolism of two arctic stream bryophytes.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 19: 263-273.

Finlay, J.C., M.E. Power, and G. Cabana. 1999. Effects of water velocity on algal carbon isotope ratios: implications for river food web studies.  Limnology and Oceanography 44: 1198-1203.

Bowden, W.B. and many others. 1999. Roles of bryophytes in stream ecosystems.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 18: 151-184.

Arscott, D., W.B. Bowden, and J.C. Finlay. 1998. A comparison of epilithic algal and bryophyte metabolism in an arctic tundra stream, Alaska.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 17: 210-227.

Harvey, C.J., B.J. Peterson, W.B. Bowden, L.A. Deegan, A.E. Hershey, M.C. Miller, and J.C. Finlay. 1998. Biological responses of Oksrukuyik Creek, a tundra stream, to fertilization.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 17: 190-209.

Harvey, C.J., B.J. Peterson, W.B. Bowden, L.A. Deegan, J.C. Finlay, A.E. Hershey, and M.C. Miller.  1997.  Organic matter dynamics in the Kuparuk River, a tundra river in Alaska, USA.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 16: 18-23.

Power, M.E., W.E. Dietrich, and J.C. Finlay. 1996. Dams and downstream aquatic biodiversity: potential food web consequences of hydrologic and geomorphic change.  Environmental Management 20: 887-895.

Bowden, W.B., J.C. Finlay, and P.E. Maloney. 1994. Long-term effects of PO4 fertilization on the distribution of bryophytes in an arctic tundra stream. Freshwater Biology 32: 445-454.

Finlay, J.C. and W.B. Bowden. 1994. Controls on production of bryophytes in an arctic tundra stream. Freshwater Biology 32: 455-465.

Bowden, W.B., B.J. Peterson, J.C. Finlay, and J. Tucker. 1992. Epilithic chlorophyll a, photosynthesis, and respiration in control and fertilized reaches of a tundra stream. Hydrobiologia 240: 121-132.