Current Lab Members

Dr. Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources

Dr. Bopi Biddanda

Principal Investigator/Professor

Anthony Weinke holds subsurface buoy sensors in Muskegon Lake

Anthony Weinke

Lab/Observatory Manager (2016-Present)

Graduate Student (2014-2016) Episodic Wind Events on Muskegon Lake and the Ecological Consequences of Hypoxia

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2011-2013)



Kaylynne Dennis stands on board the R/V WG Jackson

Kaylynne Dennis

Graduate Student (2023-Current)

Muskegon Lake Metabolism

Conor Gabel poses with a YSI Sonde (left) and BOD bottle (right)

Conor Gabel

High School Summer Volunteer (2023)

Former Graduate Students

Nate Dugener tends to the buoy's underwater sensors

Nate Dugener

Graduate Student (2020-2023)

Muskegon Lake Hypoxia

Qianqian Liu

Qianqian Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher (2016-Present) Modelling Muskegon Lake Hydrodynamics and Intrusion of Lake Michigan into Muskegon Lake

Jasmine Mancuso holding a mussel covered buoy

Jasmine Mancuso

Lab Technician (2020-Present)

Graduate Student (2018-2020)

Study of Eutrophication and Cyanobacterial Blooms in Muskegon Lake

Katie Knapp holding a sensor marker buoy

Katie Knapp

Graduate Student (2016-Present)

Temporal and Spatial Variability of Carbon Metabolism in Muskegon Lake

Nicole Horne at a microscope

Nicole Horne

Graduate Student Role of Biofilms in Biosand Water Filter Systems


Deb Dila poses near Muskegon Lake

Deb Dila

Graduate Student Carbon and Microbial Gradients in Watersheds


Dirk Koopmans on board the R/V W.G. Jackson

Dirk Koopmans

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Muskegon Lake Ecosystem Observatory

Michael Snider next to microscope in grad lab

Michael Snider

Graduate Student (2011-2013) Cyanobacterial Mats of Lake Huron Sinkholes


Leon Gereaux in AWRI's Lake Michigan center

Leon Gereaux

Graduate Student (2011-2013)

Angie Defore lowering a water quality sonde into Muskegon Lake

Angie Defore

Graduate Student


Garry Sanders on Lake Huron

Garry Sanders

Graduate Student


Cindy June

Graduate Student

Former Interns/Technicians

Scott Kendall in Laguna Bacalar, Mexico

Scott Kendall

Research Biologist/Muskegon Lake Observatory Manager


Kyle Mckee stands on board the R/V WG Jackson

Kyle McKee

Summer Intern (2023)

Muskegon Lake Acidification and Deoxygenation

Ian Stone poses next to Muskegon Lake Buoy Observatory

Ian Stone

Lab Technician (2021-Present)

Undergraduate Fellow (2020)

Undergraduate Intern (2019)

Seasonal changes in Muskegon Lake phytoplankton composition; Sinkhole biogeochemistry

Undergraduate Intern Janelle Cook

Janelle Cook

Undergraduate Intern (2021)

AWRI Summer Intern

Studying sinkhole and Muskegon Lake biogeochemistry using sediment and mat cores

Riley Duff kayaking on Fish Lake

Riley Duff

Undergraduate Intern (2018)

NSF Sinkhole Project

Studying Cyanobacterial Motility in Sinkholes of Lake Huron

Kailey Keenan-Whitmore in grad lab

Kailey Keenan-Whitmore

Undergraduate Intern (2018)

Using Muskegon Lake Observatory Buoy Data and Incubations to Understand Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom dynamics

Rachel Ratliff on a jon boat on Muskegon Lake

Rachel Ratliff

Undergraduate Intern (2017)

NSF Sinkhole Light Project

Cyanobacterial Mat Community Metabolism

Tom Claffey on Muskegon Lake

Tom Claffey

Summer REU Student (2017)

Temperature's Potential Impacts on Stratification, Productivity, and Hypoxia in Muskegon Lake

Zakry O'Brien

Undergraduate Intern (2016-2017)

Investigating the Role of Thermal Structure in Muskegon Lake

Macy Doster holding subsurface buoy sensors

Macy Doster

Undergraduate Intern (2015-2016)

Collin Saunders

Technician (2016)

Fallon Januska on board the R/V W.G. Jackson

Fallon Januska


Morgan Lindback next to the Muskegon Lake Observatory Buoy

Morgan Lindback

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2015/2016)



Saddie Vela on a jon boat on Muskegon Lake

Saddie Vela

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2015)


Nick Weber on a jon boat on Muskegon Lake

Nick Weber

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2015)


Vingie Ng holds a sonde cage next to subsurface sensors

Vingie Ng

Summer REU Student (2015)

Chris Vandenberg next to a pontoon boat

Christopher Vandenberg

Undergraduate Student (2014)

Adam McMillan on the R/V/ Storm in Lake Huron

Adam McMillan

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2013)


Ashley Meyer working on the Muskegon Lake Observatory

Ashley Meyer

Target Inquiry Teacher Intern (2013)

Elizabeth Sommers in waders near a sulfur spring in Alpena, Michigan

Elizabeth Sommers

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2012)


Tom Holcomb with subsurface buoy

Tom Holcomb

Research Technician Buoy Observatory/IT Specialist (2011-2012)


Steve Long with underwater camera system

Steve Long

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2011)

Stephen was a junior biomedical science major at Grand Valley State University. He is on the premedical track but is leaving the door open to other professions upon graduation. This summer is a great opportunity for him to spend time in the lab and get much needed research experience. Since he is a biomedical science major, he is learning a lot of new information about lake ecosystems and microbial ecology. Stephen will be working on the buoy project in Muskegon Lake and also doing some research on bio-sand filters. He hopes to spearhead a research project of his own this summer, although he is not sure yet what specifically to research.

Kaitlyn Driza on board the R/V W.G. Jackson

Kaitlyn Driza

Undergraduate Student (2009)


Tom Holcomb and Maggie Weinert hold BOD bottles

Tom Holcomb and Maggie Wienert

Undergraduate Summer Interns (2008)


Eric Strickler holds a water quality sonde near the Muskegon Lake Channel

Eric Strickler

Undergraduate Student (2006)

Sarah Barnhard holds a water quality sonde near a stream

Sarah Barnhard

Undergraduate Student (2006)

Bopi Biddanda and Dan Kroll along the Muskegon Lake shoreline

Daniel Kroll (pictured right)

Undergraduate Student (2003)

Not Pictured

Kate Coveney (2010)

Mimoza Grajqevci (2009)

Chad Meece (2005)

Stephanie Gamble (2005)

Stephanie Januchowski (2002)


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