Doug Kane

Assistant Professor of Ecology
PhD, The Ohio State University
MS, The Ohio State University
BS, The Ohio State University

Doug Kane is an Assistant Professor of Biology (Ecology) in the Department of Biology and Environmental Science and Research Scientist in the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University. Before joining the Heidelberg faculty, he was Professor of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, and Mathematics at Defiance College, where he served on the faculty for 13 years. His research interests lie in plankton and benthic invertebrate ecology, as well as effects of invasive species on communities and ecosystems, causes and consequences of cultural eutrophication, and ecosystem integrity of Lake Erie. Doug’s recent research has focused on effects of the Maumee and Sandusky River systems on the recent re-eutrophication of Lake Erie. Doug has been a Visiting Professor at São Paulo State University in Brazil and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center. Further, Doug has mentored students as a Visiting Scientist in Stone Lab's Research Experience for Undergraduates program for the past decade and a half. Doug has published peer-reviewed papers in Limnology and Oceanography, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Ecological Indicators, Inland Waters, Freshwater Biology, Water, Harmful Algae, and Ohio Journal of Science. Doug is a former President of the International Association for Great Lakes Research and the Ohio Lake Management Society, former board member of the Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership, and former board member of the Ohio Academy of Science. He was awarded the Richard W. Stroede Distinguished Faculty Citation at Defiance College in 2017 and the Ohio Lake Management Society's Innovation in Lake Management Award in 2021.

Courses Taught

Biology II
Environmental Science
Freshwater Ecology
Geographic Information Systems


Limnology, Ecology, Lake Erie, Maumee River, Sandusky River

Research Interests

Water Quality, Invasive Species, Aquatic Community and Ecosystem Ecology, Invertebrates


Kane CV

Doug Kane
Bareis Hall 131
(419) 448-2224
dkane [at]