A Closer Look #136 February 2014 Newsletter

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 Pictured above left to right:
  Dr. Harvey Bootsma, Dr. Gary Lamberti, Dr. Carol Johnston, Dr. Don Scavia.

  LMC Events - Activities - Presentations - Publications - Awards & Recognition - Grants &Contracts - AWRI In The News


 AWRI Science Advisory Board 

In 2002, the Annis Water Resources Institute formed an external Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), composed of internationally renowned scientists, with the following goals in mind: 

• Gain a better understanding of AWRI/GVSU culture, role, and its programs

• Provide a report outlining AWRI strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges

• Provide recommendations for the future 

The SAB conducts a review of AWRI every three years.  The next one will take place March 11-12, 2014.  

We welcome our returning SAB members:  Dr. Carol Johnston (chair) from South Dakota State University, Dr. Gary Lamberti (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Don Scavia (University of Michigan), and Dr. Harvey Bootsma (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). 

Reports from prior SAB meetings are available on the AWRI website at: http://www.gvsu.edu/wri/science-advisory-board-25.htm 

 

LMC Events

Feb 7
Seminar Speaker:  Dr. Cayelan Carey, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech presented:  "Nutrients mediate the ecosystem effects of cyanobacteria in oligotrophic lakes".
 
Feb 11
GVSU’s Regional Math and Science Center held a Project PRIME Plus workshop for area teachers.

Feb 13
The Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership held a public meeting at the LMC.

Feb 14
GVSU Health and Wellness held biometric screenings for Muskegon area faculty and staff. 

Feb 25
The United Way of the Lakeshore held their Board of Directors retreat at the LMC. 

 

Activities

Bopi Biddanda served on the 2014 Michigan Space Grants Consortium’s Panel held in Ann Arbor on February 13.  GVSU received 2 Faculty Seed Grants, 1 Program Grant, 1 Graduate Fellowship (John Skutnik of AWRI, advised by Kevin Strychar) and 2 Undergraduate Fellowships totaling ~$29,000 for the 2014-2015 period.  Bopi serves as the Director of NASA-MSGC programs for GVSU.

Al Steinman has been asked to serve on a groundwater advisory council for Ottawa County.

Al Steinman was interviewed by Chuck LaTour, WOOD Radio, on the role of quagga mussels in local lakes on February 12.

Al Steinman was interviewed by John Wiegand, GR Rapidian, on effects of snowmelt on local waterways on February 19.

Janet Vail will be serving on the education committee for the National Association of Marine Laboratories.

Janet Vail has been asked to be a member of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 2 Outreach/Engagement Task Team.  This team is charged with developing a work plan/strategy for outreaching and engaging stakeholders on Annex 2 (LAMPs) of the Great Lakes Water Agreement, as well as on other annexes. 

 

Presentations

(When citing presentations, the presenter is first listed.  When citing articles or presentations, AWRI staff are bolded, graduate students are denoted with a *, and undergraduate students are denoted with **.)  

AWRI was represented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society held in Holland, Michigan from February 24-26. 
Harris, B.S.*C.R. Ruetz IIIA.C. Wieten, M.E.L. Altenritter, and K.M. Smith.  Poster.  Population status of lake sturgeon in the Muskegon River. 
Janetski, D.J., and C.R. Ruetz III.  Oral.  Spatiotemporal patterns of fish community composition in drowned river mouth lakes of eastern Lake Michigan. 
Wesolek, J.N.*C.R. Ruetz III, and R.A. Thum.  Poster.  Genetic structure of yellow perch in coastal areas of Lake Michigan. 

Rick Rediske gave a presentation about his research on water quality in Haiti at the Global Awareness Festival held at Muskegon Community College on February 12.  Two undergraduate students and Nicole Horne (graduate student working with Bopi Biddanda) also made presentations.  Sixty people attended and the presentations were well received.

Carl Ruetz was guest lecturer for NRM 150, Introduction to Natural Resources Management, on February 18. 



Publications

(When citing articles or presentations, AWRI staff are bolded, graduate students are denoted with a *, and undergraduate students are denoted with **.)

Al Steinman is lead author of an article soon to be published by Aquatic Ecology.  Mary Ogdahl and Maggie Weinert are co-authors.
A.D. Steinman, M.E. Ogdahl, M. Weinert, and D.G. Uzarski.  In Press.  Influence of water level fluctuation duration and magnitude on sediment-water nutrient exchange in coastal wetlands. Aquatic Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10452-014-9472-5.

Ryan Thum is a co-author of an article published by Lake & Reservoir Management.
Borrowman, K.R., E.P.S. Sager, and R.A. Thum.  2014.  The distribution of biotypes and hybrids of Myriophyllum spicatum and associated Euhrychiopsis lecontei in lakes of Central Ontario.  Lake and Reservoir Management 30: 94-104. 

 

Awards & Recognition

Brandon Harris, a graduate student supervised by Carl Ruetz, received the best student poster award at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for his presentation titled “Population status of lake sturgeon in the Muskegon River.”

 

Grants & Contracts

 Rick Rediske’s lab has received a contract with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for $3,840.00 to do fish tissue analysis.

 

 AWRI In the News

“Global awareness festival events at MCC focusing on Africa”
MLive, February 4, 2014
The article is about the upcoming Global Awareness Festival.  Rick Rediske presented about his trip to Africa in summer of 2012 on February 12.

“Grand Valley researchers draw link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms”
GVNow (a publication of GVSU’s News & Information Services), February 11, 2014
Geraldine Nogaro and Al Steinman are co-authors of an article on the correlation between zebra mussel and algal bloom production, which is about to be published in the journal Oikos.

“GVSU researchers draw link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms: blooms can release toxins, cause fish kills”
Eurekalert (online publication), February 12, 2014
Geraldine Nogaro and Al Steinman are co-authors of an article on the correlation between zebra mussel and algal bloom production, which is about to be published in the journal Oikos.
This article was also picked up by BioPortfolio (online publication) on 2/11/14.

“Grand Valley study: zebra mussels, algae blooms tied”
CBS Detroit, February 12, 2014
Geraldine Nogaro and Al Steinman are co-authors of an article on the correlation between zebra mussel and algal bloom production, which is about to be published in the journal Oikos.

“Researchers draw link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms”
Phys.org (online publication), February 12, 2014 
Geraldine Nogaro and Al Steinman are co-authors of an article on the correlation between zebra mussel and algal bloom production, which is about to be published in the journal Oikos.

“John Austin: The Blue Water Area is magic, a source for economic growth”
thetimesherald.com, February 12, 2014
AWRI is part of a team helping to define and launch Michigan’s Blue Economy Initiative.

“Link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms”
ScienceDaily, February 12, 2014
Geraldine Nogaro and Al Steinman are co-authors of an article on the correlation between zebra mussel and algal bloom production, which is about to be published in the journal Oikos. 

“Student Highlight”
Grand Valley Lanthorn, February 13, 2014
Sarah Stamann is highlighted as the 2013 Herbert L. VanderMey Internship recipient.  Sarah is currently a graduate student working with Rick Rediske.

“Scientist of the year”
FORUM: a newsletter for the Grand Valley State University Community, February 18, 2014
Ryan Thum is highlighted for his recent “Scientist of the Year” award, presented to him by the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society.

“Researchers explore sinkhole bacteria’s roots, potential in space”
GV Magazine, Winter `14
Michael Snider, graduate student working with Bopi Biddanda, and Adam McMillan, a D. J. Angus – Scientech Summer Intern who also worked for Bopi, are interviewed about their research with cyanobacterial mats in sinkholes in Lake Huron.