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GLRC and MTRI Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate and Graduate Students Attend IAGLR’s 60th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

Thirty-one faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, from Houghton and Ann Arbor,  traveled to Detroit from May 15-19 to attend the 60th International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference at the Cobo Center.   Michigan Tech engagement included exhibitor displays staffed by the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI).  Michigan Tech was a contributing sponsor made possible by support from the College of Engineering, College of Sciences and Arts, the GLRC and MTRI.

Ashley Hendricks, a graduate student in Environmental Engineering and advised by Dr. Noel Urban (CEE), won the “2017 David M. Dolan Memorial Fellowship” for pursuing graduate research involving modeling and statistics related to the Great Lakes.

Noel Urban and Ashley Hendricks with the David Dolan Fellowship award.
Ashley Hendricks, pictured with her advisor Noel Urban, was awarded the David Dolan Fellowship award at the 60th Annual IAGLR Conference held in Detroit, MI.
Michigan Tech Exhibit at the 2017 60th Annual IAGLR Conference in Detroit.
Michigan Tech Exhibit at the 60th Annual IAGLR Conference in Detroit.

 

On Wednesday, May 17 conference attendees joined Detroit Chapter Alumni and Friends for a social at the Big City Bar & Grill in Detroit.  Approximately 30 people attended the event.

The 31 attendees from Michigan Tech represented the following academic departments and institutes:  Civil & Environmental Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, the Great Lakes Research Center, and the Michigan Tech Research Institute.

The list below contains names of presentations/posters given at the conference in which the lead author is from MTU or MTRI:

Lead Author Title Co-Author Lead Affiliation
BILLMIRE, M.G., Enabling Increased Sharing of Great Lakes Remote Sensing Data. BROOKS, C.N., BOSSE, K.R., SAYERS, M.J., SHUCHMAN, R.A.,
GRIMM, A., and SAWTELL, R.W.,
MTRI
BOSSE, K.R. Developing A Daily Composite Product for Water Quality Parameters in the Great Lakes. SHUCHMAN, R.A., SAYERS, M.J., SCHWAB, D.J., and LESHKEVICH, G. MTRI
BOURGEAU-CHAVEZ, L.L. Implementing Adaptive Management and Monitoring for Restoration of Wetlands Invaded by Phragmites HIGMAN, P.J., ELGERSMA, K.J., CURRIE, W.S.,
CRONK, K.R., and VANDER HAAR, M.A.
MTRI
BOURGEAU-CHAVEZ, L.L. Monitoring the Control of Invasive Phragmites australis to Inform Adaptive Management ENDRES, S.L., BROOKS, C.N., SEROCKI, E., CARLSON, J., WANG, F., BATTAGLIA, M.J., and HIGMAN, P.J., MTRI
BROOKS, C.N. Using advanced mapping tools to help
monitor Eurasian watermilfoil for improved treatment options
MARCARELLI, A.M., GRIMM, A., HUCKINS, C.J., and DOBSON, R.J. MTRI
SAWTELL, R.W. Near Real Time HABs Observations in Lake Erie Using a Lightweight Portable Radiometer SAYERS, M.J., SHUCHMAN, R.A., BOSSE, K.R., HART, B.E., and LEKKI, J. MTRI
SAYERS, M.J. Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Inherent Optical Properties in Western Lake Erie for 2015 and 2016 RUBERG, S, LESHKEVICH, G., STUART, D.G., SHUCHMAN,
R.A., and ADEN, S.T.
MTRI
SHUCHMAN, R.A. Mapping Stamp Sand Erosion and Deposition in
Keweenaw Bay with Hyperspectral Imagery and LiDAR Data
BROOKS, C.N.1, KERFOOT, W.C.2, SAYERS, M.J.1, and GREEN,
S.
MTRI
URBAN, N.R. Spatial and Temporal Variability in PCB Concentrations in Lake Trout from Lake Superior LIN, H., PRIYADARSHINI, M., and PERLINGER, J.A. MTU
XUE, P. Improve Lake Erie Thermal
Structure Predictions using Data Assimilative Hydrodynamic Model
CHU, P., YE, X., and LANG, G.A. MTU
YE, X. Coupling a Regional Climate Model with a
3-D Hydrodynamic Model over the Great Lakes
XUE, P.1, PAL, J.S.2, LENTERS, J.D.3, and CHU, P. MTU
YU, A.W. Evaluating the Influence of the Detroit River on Algal Bloom Distribution in
Western Lake Erie
MOUW, C.B.2, and MOORE, T.S.3 MTU
ADEN, S.T. Monitoring Thermal Discharge from Power
Generating Facilities in the Great Lakes
VERHAMME, E.M.2, BROOKS, C.N.1, and SULLIVAN, J. MTRI
AUER, M.T. Setting Phosphorus Substance Objectives for Cladophora Management KUCZYNSKI, A. MTU
BATTAGLIA, M.J. Evaluation of available geospatial data for determining wetland connectivity in the Great Lakes BROOKS, C.N., BOURGEAU-CHAVEZ, L.L., ENDRES, S.L., and GRIMM, A. MTRI
BURKETT, E.B. Exploring relationships between Great Lakes salmon stocking and recreational fishing participation WINKLER, R.L. MTU
CHADDE, J.F. Engaging
Urban Detroit Teachers & Students in Natural Resource Stewardship
PEREZ, L.J., and REED, M.D., MTU
HENDRICKS, A.H. Model Validation as A Critical
Component for the Management of Mercury Contamination in Lakes
URBAN, N.R. MTU
HUANG, C. Hydrodynamics, Point
Source Discharges and Water Quality in the Lake Ontario Nearshore
KUCZYNSKI, A., XUE, P., and AUER, M.T. MTU
HUCKINS, C.J. Eurasian Watermilfoil Response to Herbicide Control and Predictions of its Dispersal HERSCH-GREEN, E.I., MARCARELLI, A.A., GRIMM, A., BROOKS, C.N., ZALLEK, T., LEQUIZAMON, C.M., VAN GOETHEM, R.R., HEILMAN, M.3 MTU
KERFOOT, W.C. Plague of Waterfleas (Bythotrephes): Impacts Cascade From Microcrustaceans to Planktivorous Fish HOBMEIER, M.M.1, MAKI, R.P.2, LEDUC, J.F.3, HIRSCH, J.K.4, and STAPLES, D.F. MTU
KIBLER, R.J. Understanding Lake Superior Warming through
Observational Data and Model Results
XUE, P., and YE, X. MTU
KUCZYNSKI, A. Development, Calibration, and Confirmation of the Great Lakes Cladophora Model v3 AUER, M.T. and CHAPRA, S.C. MTU
MILLER, Z.A. Engaging High School Students in
Urban Wet Weather Flow Management.
MILLER, Z.A., WATKINS, D.W., and AUER, M.T. MTU
PATERSON, G. Ecological tracers indicate basin specific ecologies for the Lake Huron food web MCLEOD, A.M., DROUILLARD, K.G., and HAFFNER, G.D. MTU
PRIYADARSHINI, M. Factors Affecting Fish Mercury Concentration in Inland Lakes URBAN, N.R., PERLINGER, J.A., HENDRICKS, A.H., and
ALAKAYAK, W.
MTU
SHAW, E. Legacy Contamination at Areas of Concern URBAN, N.R., and PRIYADARSHINI, M. MTU

This list contains names of presentations/posters given at the conference in which MTU or MTRI is listed as a co-author:

Lead Author (Not MTU) Title Co-Author is someone from MTU/MTRI
CURRIE, W.S. The Mondrian Model: a Tool to Develop an Adaptive Management Framework to Restore Invaded Wetlands. ELGERSMA, K.J.2, MARTINA, J.P.3, and BORGEAU-CHAVEZ, L.
HUBERTY, B. Wetland Identification and Change Detection using Multi-sensor, Multifrequency
Remote Sensing
BOURGEAU-CHAVEZ, L.L., BROOKS, C.N., GRIMM, A.,
BATTAGLIA, M.J., WHITE, L., MURNAGHAN, K., BRISCO, B., MORIN, P., PELLETIER, K., and KLASSEN, J.
LEKKI, J. Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging for monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie ANDERSON, R., AVOURIS, D., BECKER, R., CLINE, M.,
LESHKEVICH, G., LIOU, L., LUVALL, J., ORTIZ, J., RUBERG, S., SAWTELL, R.W., SAYERS, M.J., SCHILLER, S., SHUCHMAN, R.A., SIMIC, A., STUART, D.G.,
TOKARS, R., and VANDER WOUDE, A.
SAAVEDRA, N.E. Quantifying Lake Ontario lake trout responses before, during, and after the Ponto-Caspian invasion PATERSON, G.

 

 

Muxue Zhang Awarded Third Place at ACS 2017 Student Research Symposium

Muxue Zhang, a graduate student in environmental engineering, was awarded third place at the 2017 Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium held in Marquette at Northern Michigan University on March 25, 2017.

Zhang, a second-year master’s student, presented on her thesis work about predicting the reverse osmosis (RO) rejection of toxicologically relevant organics for direct potable reuse application in wastewater reclamation processes.

She works with Daisuke Minakata (CEE). Her work is part of a funded water reuse project looking at the intrinsic interactions between a wide variety of organics and RO membrane using computational chemistry tools.

Muxue Zhang

 

 

Geoheritage: Stamping Through History

Michigan Tech’s on-line research blog “Unscripted: Science and Research” recently published a feature on the geoheritage of the Copper Country.  Geoheritage explores the geological and human history of an area.  Every summer, aboard the university’s research vessel R/V Agassiz, Geotour participants learn about the history of mining in the region and are given a unique viewing of its expansive legacy while researchers from the Great Lakes Research Center  explain the scientific necessity to monitor and understand its evolving impacts.  Click here for the full feature.

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Geotour participants aboard the R/V Agassiz. Photo courtesy of University Marketing and Communications.

Buy a Fish Campaign Announced

Alumni and friends are invited to show their support of fresh water research, education and outreach at Michigan Tech. “As Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) continues to evolve into a world-class facility where faculty, students and staff engage in multidisciplinary initiatives, donor support is critical in helping us carry out our mission,” explains Guy Meadows, Director, Great Lakes Research Center and Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering. The Buy a Fish program provides an opportunity to recognize individuals and families who contribute to the GLRC. Funds committed through the Buy a Fish campaign will support student development opportunities, new research, and facilities improvements.

Since its construction, the Center has quickly become a premiere location for events offering state-of-the-art meeting technology and a beautiful waterside location. “We’re thrilled to offer donors to the GLRC an opportunity to show the thousands of annual visitors to the facility their commitment to the Center, our mission, and our people,” comments Meadows. The Buy a Fish campaign allows individuals to purchase a personalized acrylic fish that is creatively displayed on a donor wall located in the first floor lobby.

Working with a local company, Industrial Graphics, the donor wall and sample fish will be installed in time for Michigan Tech’s 2016 Alumni Reunion. The fish measure 10 ($250+ donation), 12 ($500+ donation) and 14 ($1,000+ donation) inches in length and will be attached to the display using brushed silver standoffs at varying depths. The wall display is constructed of cabinet-grade birch veneer with a vinyl graphic overlay adding a subtle wave pattern. The fish will be arranged in groups or “schools” based on the giving year.

Artist Rendering of Donor Wall Display

Image above: Artist rendering of the Buy a Fish donor recognition wall in the first floor lobby of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. Image below: Sample donor fish.

Sample Donor Fish

On Thursday, August 4th, from 3:00-4:00 PM, the GLRC will dedicate the display. Fish purchased by July 25th will be featured at the August 4th dedication. To buy a fish on-line, use the Support the GLRC link on the Center’s website and specify your two lines of personalized text in the special instructions box. Employees of Michigan Tech can also elect their donation through payroll deduction by contacting the Michigan Tech Fund.