See stunning aerial photos of Lake Erie algal blooms

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.

How to predict if Lake Erie’s algal blooms are toxic

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.)

Algal bloom conference coverage

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 researcher helping study conservation incentives, farming practices

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.

Conference to feature ‘State of the Science’ in battling Lake Erie’s algal blooms

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.

New grant: What makes algal blooms turn toxic?

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.