CILER eNewsletter Winter 2017 
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Director's Corner: A Letter from CILER’S Director, Dr. Bradley Cardinale

It’s been a bitter-sweet couple of weeks at CILER. On the sweeter side of things, we submitted our proposal for the next Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research. But as excited as I am for the new research programs, partnerships, and activities we will bring to the Great Lakes if funded, I was sobered almost immediately after submission of our proposal by leaks of the initial presidential budget. READ MORE.

Winter Welcome

CILER is pleased to welcome three new additions to our team this winter: Peter Alsip, Emily Davenport and Qianqian Liu. READ MORE.




Since 2008:
  • $35.4 million in NOAA funding
  • $8.4 million non-NOAA funding
  • $13 million awarded to partners
  • 180 research collaborations
  • 74 principal investigators funded
  • 434 students supported
  • 145 post-docs supported
  • 158 fellowships awarded
  • 663 social/news media hits
  • 418 journal articles
Graduate Fellow Spotlight

Understanding Green Bay Hypoxia Through Novel and Traditional Biogeochemical Techniques

Shelby LaBuhn, a 2015-16 CILER Great Lakes Graduate Research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences (UWM-SFS) and her advisor, Dr. J. Val Klump, recently concluded a study that helped shed light on the growing problem of hypoxia in Green Bay. LaBuhn used a variety of traditional and novel techniques to characterize oxygen dynamics in Green bay and ultimately identify the key processes that consume oxygen and lead to hypoxia. READ MORE.

New CILER Graduate Fellows Take On Key Challenges in the Great Lakes

As part of our commitment to train the next generation of Great Lakes scientists, CILER awards Great Lakes Graduate Research Fellowships each year to students at Consortium universities. The fellows work with their academic advisors and NOAA and/or CILER research scientists on important research topics for the Great Lakes. We are pleased to announce the 2017 Great Lakes Graduate Research Fellows – Katie Knapp and Kaitlin Reinl. READ MORE.


Forecasting the Future of Drinkable Water in Lake Erie

To help public drinking water managers prepare for periods of low oxygen, or “hypoxia,” a research team led by Drs. Mark Rowe (CILER) and Craig Stow (GLERL) are developing a forecasting system to predict the location and movement of hypoxic water in Lake Erie. This system will give advance warning when conditions are likely to promote hypoxic water movement into the vicinity of drinking water intakes, providing drinking water managers time to prepare for changes in water quality and implement appropriate treatment processes. READ MORE.

A Big Data Challenge – Lake Erie Algal Blooms and Hypoxia

One of CILER’s primary functions is to put Great Lakes science in the hands of society. With our partners at NOAA GLERL, we are at the forefront of monitoring and forecasting two major water quality and human health threats in Lake Erie: harmful algal blooms (HABs) and oxygen-depleted water, or “hypoxia.” The HABs and hypoxia portal page is an important step toward putting critical data to support decision making in the hands of stakeholders. READ MORE.

LaBuhn, Shelby and J. Val Klump. 2016. Estimating summertime epilimnetic primary production via in situ monitoring in an eutrophic freshwater embayment, Green Bay, Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42(5): 1026-1035. Mason, L.A., Riseng, C.M., Gronewold, A.D., Rutherford, E.S., Wang, J., Clites, A., Smith, S.D.P., McIntyre, P.B. 2016. Fine-scale spatial variation in ice cover and surface temperature trends across the surface of the Laurentian Great Lakes. Climate Change. 138: 71-83. Bertani, Isabella, Steger, C.E., Obenour, D.R., Fahnenstiel, G.L., Bridgeman, T.B., Johengen, T.H., Sayers, M.J., Schuchman, R.A., Scavia, D. 2017. Tracking cyanobacteria blooms: Do different monitoring approaches tell the same story? Science of The Total Environment. 575: 294-308.

As one of 16 NOAA Cooperative Institutes, CILER helps NOAA accomplish its goals for research and management of the Laurentian Great Lakes by leading exciting new research efforts, training the next generation of Great Lakes scientists, expanding NOAA research in the Great Lakes through our Consortium, and translating research into actionable science to meet societal needs. Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is our primary NOAA sponsor and home of CILER research personnel.

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