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  • 2020 Virtual IAGLR
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms
  • CIGLR welcomes three new members to our team!
  • Research Institute Spotlight: Ashley Burtner
    Providing Field, Laboratory and Data Support for HABs Monitoring

2020 Great Lakes Summer Fellows go Virtual!

Among the many challenges we face at CIGLR this year in the COVID-19 landscape is how to carry out our career training mission in a safe, yet meaningful way. In partnership with NOAA GLERL, the Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program is the cornerstone of our efforts to train the next generation of scientists. Translating this hands-on program to our new hands-off world was the monumental task given to the 21 mentors from CIGLR, GLERL, and Ohio State University who volunteered to guide the 8 students accepted to the 2020 fellowship program. Despite the less-than-ideal circumstances, the fellows, mentors, and CIGLR ECO team have truly demonstrated just how much can be accomplished in a virtual fellowship. READ MORE

Communicating Research from Home: Virtual Conference Presentations and Outreach Tools

Christine Kitchens is an Aquatic Ecology Research Technician working to conduct weekly monitoring of harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. This year, Christine helped to develop a modified analytical technique to measure the heavy metal manganese in samples from hypoxic waters in the central basin of Lake Erie. In June, she presented her first virtual poster about hypoxic manganese flux from Lake Erie sediments at the 2020 IAGLR Conference and created CIGLR’s first educational video about hypoxia. READ MORE


CIGLR Research Continues to Support NOAA’s Mission; Begins Phased Return to Critical Fieldwork

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, universities and government agencies have been doing their best to prevent severe disruptions to Great Lakes research. With a suite of safety protocols receiving clearance within NOAA, CIGLR and NOAA GLERL have resumed limited field and laboratory operations to ensure that critical Great Lakes research continues to serve the stakeholders that rely on our products and services. Hear from CIGLR Theme Leads Dr. Ayumi Fujisaki-Manome, Dr. Casey Godwin and Russ Miller about how CIGLR continues to safely support NOAA’s mission critical research by returning to the laboratory and field, as well as remaining at home. READ MORE

Do zooplankton fuel harmful algal blooms?: Understanding zooplankton-mediated nutrient recycling in Lake Erie

Lyndsie Collis is a PhD student at Ohio State University and a 2019 CIGLR Graduate Research Fellow working with her advisor Dr. James Hood (Ohio State University) and colleagues Dr. Hank Vanderploeg (co-advisor, NOAA GLERL), and Dr. Hunter Carrick (Central Michigan University) to understand the drivers of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie. HABs require nutrients, particularly nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), to grow. Although microscopic in size, zooplankton may be a potentially important source of nitrogen and phosphorus. In this study, the research team is focusing on zooplankton nutrient excretion through their carapace, or body cavity, into the water column. Collis's measurements of zooplankton-mediated nutrient release will help quantify the sources of nutrients in Lake Erie and better understand HAB dynamics for future mitigation efforts. READ MORE

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As one of 16 NOAA Cooperative Institutes, CIGLR 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 CIGLR research personnel.

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