Anne E. Hershey

Anne Hershey

Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professor

(336) 256-2473
326 Sullivan Science Building


Aquatic ecology, trophic interactions in lakes and streams.


Ph.D., North Carolina State University


My current research interests concern the ecology of rural and urban NC Piedmont streams, including effects of stream restoration on ecological processes, methane cycling and use of methane-derived carbon in stream food webs, fate of anthropogenic nitrogen in streams, and fate of coal ash contaminants in the Dan River food web.

Urban Stream Ecology

Bullard, A. E. and Hershey, A. E. 2013. Impact of Corbicula fluminea (Asian clam) on seston in an urban stream receiving wastewater effluent. Freshwater Science 32:976-990.

Hines, S. L, and A. E. Hershey. 2011. Do restoration structures promote improved water quality and biotic integrity in urban streams? Inland Waters 1(2):133-145.

Lofton, D. D., A. E. Hershey, and S. C. Whalen. 2007. Evaluation of Denitrification in an Urban Stream Receiving Wastewater Effluent. Biogeochemistry 86 (1): 77-90.

Northington, R. M., and A. E. Hershey. 2006. Effects of stream restoration and wastewater treatment plant effluent on fish communities in urban streams. Freshwater Biology 51:1959-1973.

Ulseth, A. J., and A. E. Hershey. 2005. Stable isotope natural abundances trace anthropogenic nitrogen and carbon in an urban stream. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 24:270-289.

Arctic Freshwater Ecology

Hershey, A. E., R. M. Northington, J. Hart-Smith, M. Bostick, and S. C. Whalen. 2015. Sediment methane flux, methane oxidation and use of methane-derived carbon in arctic lake sediments. Limnology and Oceanography 60:276-285.

Lofton, D. D., S. C. Whalen, and A. E Hershey. 2015. Vertical Sediment Distribution of Methanogenic Pathways in Two Shallow Arctic Alaskan Lakes. Polar Biology 10.1007/s00300-014-1641-4.

Hershey, A. E., R. M. Northington, and S. C. Whalen. 2014. Substrate limitation of sediment methane flux, methane oxidation and use of stable isotopes for assessing methanogenesis pathways in a small arctic lake. Biogeochemistry 117:325-336. (DOI 10.1007/s10533-013-9864-y)

Lofton, D. D., S. C. Whalen, and A. E. Hershey. 2014. Effect of temperature on methane production and oxidation and evaluation of methane oxidation kinetics in two shallow arctic Alaskan lakes. Hydrobiology 721:209-222.

Medvedeff, C. A., and A. E. Hershey. 2013. Importance of methane-derived carbon as a basal resource for two benthic consumers in arctic lakes. Hydrobiologia 700:221-230.

Gentzel, T., A.E. Hershey, P.A. Rublee, and S.C. Whalen. 2012. Net sediment production of methane, distribution of methanogens and methane-oxidizing bacteria, and utilization of methane-derived carbon in an arctic lake. Inland Waters 2:77-88 (Includes cover photo).

Northington, R. M., M. D. Keyse, S. R. Beaty, S. C. Whalen, and A. E. Hershey. 2010. Benthic Secondary production in eight oligotrophic arctic Alaskan lakes. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29(2):465–479.

Fortino, K., A.E. Hershey, M.D. Keyse and S.C. Whalen. 2009. Summer sedimentation in six shallow arctic lakes. Hydrobiologia 621:75-84.

Keyse, M. D., K. Fortino, A. E. Hershey, W. J. O’Brien, P. W. Lienesch, C. Luecke, and M. E. McDonald. 2007. Effects of large lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) on the dietary habits of small lake trout: a comparison of stable isotopes (δ15N and δ13C) and stomach content analyses. Hydrobiologia 579(1):175-187.

Hershey, A. E., S. Beaty, K. Fortino, S. Kelly, M. Keyse, C. Luecke, W. J. O’Brien, and S. C. Whalen. 2006. Stable isotope signatures of benthic invertebrates in arctic lakes indicate limited coupling to pelagic production. Limnology and Oceanography 51: 177-188.

Hershey, A. E., S. Beaty, K. Fortino, M. Keyse, P. P. Mou, W. J. O’Brien, A. J. Ulseth, G. A. Gettel, P. W. Lienesch, C. Luecke, M. E. McDonald, C. H. Mayer, M. C. Miller, C. Richards, J. A. Schuldt, and S. C. Whalen. 2006. Effect of landscape factors on fish distribution in arctic Alaskan lakes. Freshwater Biology 51:39-55.

General Aquatic Ecology

Chaloner, D. T., A. E. Hershey, and G. A. Lamberti. 2009. Benthic invertebrate fauna. In Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, G. Likens, Ed. Elsevier Press. Encyclopedia of Inland Waters Vol. 2: 157-172.

Hershey, A. E., G. A. Lamberti, D. T. Chaloner, and R. M. Northington. 2010. Aquatic insect ecology. Chapter 17 in Thorp, J. H. and A. P. Covich. Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates. Third Edition. Elsevier Press. Pages 659-694.

Lamberti, G. A., D. T. Chaloner, and A. E. Hershey. 2010. Linkages among aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29(1):245-263.

Hershey, A. E., B. J. Peterson, K. Fortino, and A. J. Ulseth. 2006. Stream Food Webs. Pages 637-659 in F. R. Hauer and G. A. Lamberti, eds., Methods in stream ecology, 2nd Edition. Elsevier Press.


The Biosphere (BIO 431)
Aquatic Ecology (BIO 529)
Stream Ecology (BIO 641)
Advanced topics (BIO 549) offerings in Stable Isotope Ecology and Reading in Aquatic Ecology