Charlotte Roehm | WNY Scientist 2010

charlotte-roehm-2010Dr. Charlotte Roehm holds a joint position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and as a Research Scientist within the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College. Dr. Roehm earned a B.Sc. from the University of London, United Kingdom specializing in fluvial geomorphology and hydrology. Following a period of consulting work, she moved to Canada to pursue her education at McGill University in Montreal, obtaining a Ph.D. with a focus on Biogeochemistry. Dr. Roehm also worked in collaboration with faculty at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, where she lived for one and a half years. Her accomplishments are many:

  • Dr. Roehm studied the role of Boreal peat land ecosystems as potential carbon sinks sources with particular

focus on linking carbon characteristics and decomposition pathways with biosphere atmosphere exchanges.

  • Dr. Roehm became a consultant for Hydro Quebec, investigating the impact of turbines on the release of greenhouse gases from Boreal hydroelectric reservoirs.
  • Dr. Roehm also started work in the Canadian Arctic with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, where she was looking at geomorphological and hydrological features as possible analogues for processes shaping Martian environments.
  • Dr. Roehm continued her research in boreal environments where she was in co-charge of a scientific team looking at the environmental impacts of dams on terrestrial and aquatic habitats, pre- and post-flooding.
  • Dr. Roehm’s interest in the Arctic prompted her to take up a research associate position in Northern Sweden at the Climate Impacts Research Station (CIRC) in 2007. She currently continues to work on a multi-year project with CIRC colleagues.

Dr. Roehm is also a contributing author, writing a chapter on wetland respiration in the book

Respiration in Aquatic Ecosystems” 2005, Eds, P.del Giorgio & P.M. Williams. and is a contributing editor for the book “Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Fluxes and Processes” 2006.


Since moving to Buffalo State College in 2008, Dr. Roehm has continued her research focus on terrestrial-

aquatic linkages for energy and nutrients and bacterial pollution. Her work, through the Great Lakes Center, has extended her attention to wetlands and involves examining natural processes and restoration accomplishments, with an aim to improve our understanding of the role these coastal wetlands play in water quality in the Great Lakes, and for better defining the need for protection and restoration initiatives for these ecosystems.