Columbus, OH Researchers and educators from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory will be presenting four research abstracts at the 56th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, held June 2-6 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The abstracts cover both Great Lakes education and research on Lake Erie ecosystem health.
Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab Assistant Director, will present “Hypoxia in a Shallow System: What Causes Low Dissolved Oxygen in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.”? The research, in collaboration with Tara Thompson of Bowling Green State University, Jason Buckley of Central Michigan University, and Stone Lab Manager Matt Thomas, investigated what drives the appearance of low dissolved oxygen in the Western Basin: weather patterns, slow moving water masses, and/or decay occurring in the sediments.
“IAGLR is a great opportunity to network, catch up on things your peers have discovered, and brainstorm about future projects with new collaborators”? says Winslow.
Justin Chaffin, Stone Lab Research Coordinator, along with Von Sigler and Thomas Bridgeman of the University of Toledo, will present “Tracking the Unprecedented Lake Erie Microcystis Bloom of 2011 using Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis.”? The project determined the origin of this large harmful algal bloom, which reached from Maumee Bay into the Central Basin of Lake Erie, as well as how the algae responded to changes in dissolved nutrient concentrations.
Stone Lab Educator Lyndsey Manzo is the first author of “Teaching Great Lakes Climate Science in a Changing World”? which provides an overview of Ohio Sea Grant’s Great Lakes Climate Change Curriculum. The lessons were developed by Manzo, Ohio State University Professor Emeritus Rosanne Fortner, and Outreach Specialist Christina Dierkes, and provide teachers in the Great Lakes region with activities and lessons that introduce students to climate change impacts close to home.
“Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory Climate Expedition: Engaging Learners with Local Implications of a Global Issue”? is a collaboration between Stone Lab Education Associates Angie Greene and Sue Bixler, Manzo, Dierkes, and Stone Lab Assistant Manager Kevin Hart. The Climate Expedition, a new activity in Stone Lab’s Lake Erie Science Field Trip Program for grades 4-12, introduces students to regionally relevant climate science and approaches for adapting to and mitigating climate change.
“These presentations show researchers how current science can be incorporated into formal and informal K-12 education initiatives”? says Manzo. Both presentations are part of the "Education and Outreach: Increasing Great Lakes Literacy and Place-based Stewardship; session on June 4.
The conference, organized by the International Association for Great Lakes Research, features plenary speakers and focused sessions that highlight studies of restoration and resiliency of the Great Lakes. A dedicated educator day on June 3 aims to help middle and high school teachers learn about scientific research going on in the Great Lakes and network with researchers and other teachers. Teachers from Ohio, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota will attend the Educator Day.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 32 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org