2022 Summer Interns Present Research
On August 5, 2022, AWRI's summer undergraduate interns completed their summer of research and presented their findings to their lab mates, advisors, and staff. In their own words, here are a few summaries of what they worked on. Thank you for all your hard work, interns!
- Jillian Greene (GVSU)
- This summer, I used Sentinel-3 satellite imagery to quantify cyanobacteria blooms in Muskegon Lake from 2016-2021. I was also able to use the Muskegon Lake Buoy Observatory Project's phycocyanin data as a harmful algal bloom proxy for ground truthing the remotely sensed data.
- Allison Passenja (Eckerd College)
- This summer, I worked with Dr. Alan Steinman and his lab to do a survey of Middleboro Lake and Westboro Lake. I collected preliminary data on these lakes, including dissolved oxygen, phosphorus, and conductivity, to indicate possible pollution which may mirror the effects of road salt in Church Lake, another lake connected to these two.
- Amelia Heminger (GVSU)
- This summer I worked in the Rediske lab analyzing Muskegon County beach E. coli levels and extracting COVID RNA from wastewater samples. The data we collected would be reported to Muskegon and Ottawa county public health.
- Alexis Deephouse (Muskegon Community College)
- I was given the opportunity to study invasive zebra and quagga mussels with the help of NOAA-GLERL’s Ashley Elgin and Rachel Orzechowski. My research project focused on comparing the percentage of reproductive tissue allocation between the species.
- Collin Toth (GVSU)
- I was part of the Hamsher Lab over the summer and collaborated with the Biddanda Lab on some fieldwork to perform exploratory camerawork on cyanobacterial mats lining the bottom of a sinkhole in Great Sulphur Spring.
- Brianne Siple (GVSU)
- This summer I worked on Muskegon Lake long term monitoring by sampling for fish, and assessing the health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes basin under the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program.
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