Poem read during award

January 22, 2010

Dr. Biddanda and coauthors received International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)’s Chandler-Misener Award for the most notable contribution to Journal of Great Lakes Research during 2008 at the Annual Conference of IAGLR in Toledo, Ohio (May 2009). The citation for this paper is: Johengen, T.H., B. A. Biddanda and J. B. Cotner (2008): Stimulation of Lake Michigan plankton metabolism by sediment resuspension and river runoff. J. Great Lakes Res 34: 213-227. The following poem was written by the authors and read while receiving this award.


Toast to a Lake Brew

When rain runs down-river to the lake
Where wicked storms stir the lot
You know the brew is in the coastal pot!


As plankton go nuts over N and P
With little light in which to see
Animals dine on resuspended waste
Production and respiration peak in haste!


Then as rivers slow and winds subside
The placid lake takes it in stride
Returns to its native serene state of blue
And is ready for another dose of home-brew!



Bopi Biddanda, Annis Water Resources Institute and Lake Michigan Center, Grand Valley State University, Muskegon, MI 49441

Jim Cotner, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Tom Johengen, Cooperative Institute for Limnology & Ecosystems Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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