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6200 Bayshore Rd.
Oregon, OH 43616
Aquatic Ecology Lab
Areas of Research
Dreissenid mussels as ecosystem engineers
This is an ongoing area of research in my lab. Invasive Dreissena affect many aspects of aquatic ecosystems from primary producers to fish and therefore have profound impacts on system structure and function.
Effects of Bay Shore power plant on ecosystem function in Maumee Bay, western Lake
The goal of this project is to quantify the possible impact of the Bayshore power plant (Oregon, OH) on ecosystem function of Maumee Bay, in western Lake Erie. Our specific objectives are to:
- Test whether and to what degree fish entrainment affects important species such as walleye and yellow perch.
- Determine whether heated water from the plant promotes the growth and persistence of nuisance algae such as Lyngbya wollei.
Inaddition, two graduate students are focusing their research on related issues concerning walleye export dynamics from the Maumee River (Dufour, M.S.) and material and energy flows between the river and bay ecosystems (Pritt, Ph.D.).
This project is conducted in partnership with researchers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, the United States Geological Survey, and NOAA.
Lake Erie Nearshore and Offshore Nutrient Study (LENONS)
The goal of this project is to quantify nutrient and material fluxes in the nearshore and offshore regions of Lake Erie. We are collaborating with researchers at Buffalo State.
Nearshore Fish Sampling Program Development
The goal of this project is to develop a program for monitoring near-shore fish communities that can be implemnted in the long-term by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. We are working in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Graduate student Jason Ross is also developing his M.S. project in relation to this project. He will examine community-habitat associations.