Dr. Kaitlin Reinl
Dr. Kaitlin (Kait) Reinl is a limnologist with a broad focus on how the synergistic effects of climate and watershed influence impact inland water quality. Her previous work has focused on understanding freshwater systems using monitoring, experimental, and computer modeling approaches. Kait received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering and M.S. in Applied Ecology from Michigan Technological University. Her master’s research focused on using climate model data to model future temperature conditions in small lakes in Michigan. Kait went on to complete her PhD at the University of Minnesota – Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory in 2021. She worked on many projects including understanding physical drivers of the deep chlorophyll layer of Lake Superior, identifying sources and drivers of cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Superior, and developing a life cycle model to predict blooms in Lake Superior. She was also heavily involved in the coordination of Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) efforts and algal bloom response in the western arm in Lake Superior. Most recently she was a Postdoc at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Limnology where she worked on developing water quality models for all lakes in the US, watershed modeling for nutrients in Lake Superior, as well as other projects. Some of her hobbies include XC skiing, reading, fishing, and hiking.