Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program has announced its new funded studies for 2018 to 2020, and two involve CFAES scientists. From glyphosate runoff to pharmaceuticals in water to algal blooms’ impact on fishing for walleye, check out the lines of research.
— WOSU News (@wosunews) September 19, 2017
NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has posted some stunning aerial photos, taken Sept. 20, of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. You can see more, too, from Sept. 14 (the fifth one down, among many, may smack your gob) and Aug. 14.
A new federally funded study, involving Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and Stone Laboratory and led by the lab’s research coordinator, Justin Chaffin, aims to predict the toxicity of Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, according to a story last week in the Sandusky Register. (Photo: 2015 western Lake Erie algal bloom, Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)
Toledo Blade staff writer Tom Henry, interviewing CFAES scientists Jay Martin and Jiyoung Lee, among others, reported on last Thursday’s “State of the Science” algal bloom conference in Toledo.
Reporter Ben Cathey covered the conference, too, and interviewed Jay Martin, for Toledo’s WTVG-TV (with video).
CFAES’s Robyn Wilson (pictured) is part of a new $750,000 project to determine whether conservation incentives provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are meeting one of their goals: to get more farmers to adopt measures that preserve water quality. Read the story.
The 2017 Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference is Sept. 14 in Toledo. The event, which is open to the public, features 15 presentations on the latest research on algal blooms in Lake Erie and other waters, their causes, and how to prevent them. The speakers will be from CFAES, Ohio Sea Grant, USDA, National Weather Service and Bowling Green State University, among others. Experts Chris Winslow, Jay Martin, Greg LaBarge and Kevin King, all with ties to CFAES, are co-hosting the event.
Registration is $30, or $10 for students. Register to attend.
Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, opens its doors to the public for the 19th annual Friends of Stone Lab Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9. Free admission and transportation to Gibraltar Island. (Photo: 2016 Stone Lab open house, Frank Lichtkoppler, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)
Justin Chaffin, research scientist with Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and Stone Lab, and partners in Ohio and Michigan have received a nearly $250,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to study what causes Lake Erie algal blooms to turn toxic.
Chaffin holds a partial appointment with CFAES. He talks about another of his algal bloom studies, this one aided by a team of Lake Erie charter boat captains/citizen scientists, in the video above.