Justin Chaffin, PhD
Senior Researcher, Research Coordinator, Stone Laboratory.
Justin Chaffin is the research coordinator at Stone Lab and conducts his own research on cyanobacterial blooms.
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Justin is the research coordinator for Stone Laboratory and conducts his own research on cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie. Justin’s duties as research coordinator include arranging visiting researchers’ visits to Stone Lab, coordination of Stone Lab’s REU program, upkeep of Stone Lab’s analytical equipment, maintenance of the lab’s atmospheric mercury monitoring system, and serving as the Lab’s chemical and laboratory safety officer. Justin is also a licensed captain by the United States Coast Guard.
Justin’s research interest is Lake Erie phytoplankton ecology with particular interest in cyanobacterial blooms (cHABs). His recent and ongoing research projects include the role of nitrogen form and light level on cHAB toxicity, quantification of in-lake phosphorus resuspension, the effectiveness of data buoys at measuring cHAB biomass, the central basin cHABs and nutrient dynamics, a comparison of several different water samplers and how well each measure cHAB biomass data, and quantification of the uncertainty associated with ELISA microcystin measurements. Since 2013 Justin has coordinated with charter boat captains who collect water samples once a week for his lab to analyze, and then the captains get a weekly update on Lake Erie water quality.
Justin has lived year-around on South Bass Island and worked at Stone Lab since 2012 after graduation from the University of Toledo with his PhD degree.