University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

Michael Anderson

Michael A. Anderson

Michael Anderson Photograph

Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1990


  • Applied limnology and lake/reservoir management
  • Surface water quality and modeling
  • Fate of contaminants in soils, sediments and waters
  • Environmental chemistry

Research Group

    Selected Publications:

    • Anderson, M.A. and D. Martinez. 2015. Methane gas in lake bottom sediments quantified using acoustic backscatter strength. J. Soils Sediments 15:1246-1255.
    • Anderson, M.A., Komor, A., Ikehata, K. 2014. Flow routing with bottom withdrawal to improve water quality in Walnut Canyon Reservoir, California. Lake Reserv. Manage. 30:131-142.
    • Martinez, D. and M.A. Anderson. 2013. Methane production and ebullition in a shallow, artificially aerated eutrophic temperate lake (Lake Elsinore, CA). Sci. Tot. Environ. 454-455:457-465.
    • Anderson, M.A., J.L. Conkle, P. Pacheco and J. Gan. 2013. Use of hydroacoustic measurements to characterize bottom sediments and guide sampling and remediation of organic contaminants in lake sediments. Sci. Tot. Environ. 458-460:117-124.
    • Reid, N.J., O. Holovachov and M.A. Anderson. 2012. Nematodes associated with the invasive quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) in the Colorado River Aqueduct reservoirs, southern California, USA. Nematology 14:827-837.
    • Anderson, M.A. and W.D. Taylor. 2011. Quantifying quagga mussel veliger abundance and distribution in Copper Basin Reservoir (California) using acoustic backscatter. Water Res. 45: 5419-5427.
    • Anderson, M.A. and P. Pacheco. 2011. Characterization of bottom sediments in lakes using hydroacoustic methods and comparison with laboratory measurements. Water Res. 45:4399-4408.
    • Anderson, M.A. and J. Berkowitz, 2010. Aluminum polymers formed following alum treatment of lake water. Chemosphere 81:832-836.
    • Reid, N.J., M.A. Anderson and W.D. Taylor. 2010. Distribution of guagga mussel veligers, Dreissena bugensis, in the reservoirs of the Colorado River Aqueduct. Lake Reserv. Manage. 26:328-335.
    • Anderson, M.A. 2010. Influence of pumped-storage hydroelectric plant operation on a shallow polymictic lake: Predictions from 3-D hydrodynamic modeling. Lake Reserv. Manage. 26:1-13.
    • Reese, B.K. and M.A. Anderson. 2009. Dimethyl sulfide production in a saline eutrophic lake, Salton Sea, California. Limnol. Oceanogr. 54:250-261.
    • Reese, B.K., M.A. Anderson and C. Amrhein. 2008. Hydrogen sulfide production and volatilization in a polymictic eutrophic saline lake, Salton Sea, California. Sci. Tot. Environ. 406:205-218.
    • Anderson, M.A., L. Whiteaker, E. Wakefield and C. Amrhein. 2008. Properties and distribution of sediment in the Salton Sea, California: An assessment of predictive models. Hydrobiologia 604:97-100.
    • de Koff, J., M.A. Anderson and C. Amrhein. 2008. Geochemistry of iron in the Salton Sea, California. Hydrobiologia 604:111-121.
    • Lawson, R. and M.A. Anderson. 2007. Stratification and mixing in Lake Elsinore, California: an assessment of axial flow pumps for improving water quality in a shallow eutrophic lake. Water Res. 41:4457-4467.
    • Berkowitz, J., M.A. Anderson and C. Amrhein. 2006. Influence of aging on phosphorus sorption to alum floc in lake water. Water Res. 40:911-916.
    • Breiner, J.M., M.A. Anderson, H.W.K. Tom and R.C. Graham. 2006. Properties of surface modified colloidal particles. Clays Clay Miner. 54:12-24.
    • Berkowitz, J., M.A. Anderson and R.C. Graham. 2005. Laboratory investigation of aluminum solubility and solid-phase properties following alum treatment of lake waters. Water Res. 39:3918-3928.

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