Great Lakes: New Research Projects

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     The Great Lakes Research Consortium has announced three projects underway by western New York colleges "to help protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem."

     "This round of small grants project funding is examining the use of innovative and emerging technologies to address ongoing challenges in the unique ecological, environmental and economic system that is the Great Lakes basin. The results will help communities better deal with invasive species and prepare for lake effect storms, reduce storm-related costs, and better protect this critical environment and resource," said Great Lakes Research Consortium director Gregory L. Boyer.

     1. A team lead by Dr. Tao Tang at SUNY Buffalo State College will investigate the use of low-altitude unmanned vehicles to detect, gauge and monitor the extent of water chestnut (an invasive species) in Tonawanda Creek and in the Erie Canal system as far west as Rochester. The data collected will be compared to data collected by boat.

     2. A research team lead by Dr. Meghan Brown at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will evaluate a trapping system and the analysis of environmental DNA to more easily and reliably detect non-native blood red shrimp (Hemimysis anomala) in the Great Lakes basin in New York. They will also evaluate how economically and ecologically important fish populations use Hemimysis as a food source. 

     3. A team lead by Dr. Elizabeth K. Thomas at SUNY at Buffalo will explore using hydrogen isotopes of leaf waxes to improve predictions of seasonal precipitation and the impact on Great Lakes water resources. The method has proven effective in tropical environments but has not yet been applied in regions similar to the New York Great Lakes basin.

     For the full article form Oswego County Today click here or on the link available below.