Friday, March 23, 2018

Elgin, Ashley

Is too many mussels even possible?

Mike Walker 0 3654

Those not familiar with the Great Lakes freshwater coasts may wonder how a seemingly endless supply of mussels could possibly be a bad thing. After all, saltwater mussels considered a delicacy by many, is a common item found on your favorite restaurant’s menu. Unfortunately, the freshwater dreissenid mussel is not only an unwelcomed item on the menu, but also in North America’s freshwater waterways. These invasive mussels have very few natural predators to limit their numbers, so their populations continue to grow and spread, wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes food web.

Davis, Timothy

Probing the genetics of harmful algal blooms

Anonym 0 25987

Today, NOAA issued the 2015 Harmful Algal Bloom Season Forecast for Lake Erie that integrates rainfall, river flow, and nutrient runoff measurements into computer models to better predict toxic algal blooms. As part of a team of NOAA scientists, Timothy Davis, Ph.D. studies the genetics of toxic algae at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). 

Zhang, Hongyan

Understanding Great Lakes Ecosystems

Rochelle Plutchak 0 15713
Hongyan Zhang, Ph.D., uses computer models to investigate various topics, like the impact of invasive mussels on plankton, the occurrence of blue-green algal blooms, and the effectiveness of the phosphorous reduction program in Lake Erie.

Anderson, Eric

Using physics to describe the natural world

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A physical scientist at the NOAA-funded Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research, Eric Anderson studies the movement of water in the Great Lakes using high-powered computers.

Vanderploeg, Henry A.

Great Lakes Ecologist Studies the Huge Impact of a Tiny Invasive Species

Rochelle Plutchak 0 14057
As non-native mussels have multiplied in Lake Michigan and beyond, Henry A. Vanderploeg's work has revealed how devastating this invasion is to the Great Lakes food web and ecosystem.