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Ohio Sea Grant Announces New Funded Projects for 2020-2022

10:30 am, Wed November 27, 2019 – Selected projects focus on various aspects of Lake Erie ecosystem health, from harmful algal blooms to pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Columbus, Ohio Ohio Sea Grant has completed reviews for its 2020-2022 research grants program, submitting eight projects at universities across Ohio and along the Lake Erie coast to the National Sea Grant Office for funding consideration. The selected projects focus on various aspects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the Lake Erie ecosystem, as well as harmful algal bloom management and the human health impacts of algal toxins, in an effort to continue to help solve critical issues affecting the state’s environment and economy.

“We once again had a strong set of submissions for this proposal review cycle, and these projects in particular address both current state agency needs and national Sea Grant priorities,” said Dr. Christopher Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant’s director. “We believe they’ll deliver important information to those working to protect Lake Erie’s ecosystem and the health of local communities.”

Researchers will collectively receive about $930,000 in Ohio Sea Grant support over two years as part of the following projects:

  • On-site and in laboratory quantitative analysis of pharmaceuticals and PFAS in fish by solid-phase microextraction technology coupled to mass spectrometry
    Emanuela Gionfriddo, The University of Toledo
  • High-throughput analysis of human toxicity and therapeutics targets of emergent chemicals of concern in liver and kidney systems in health and disease
    Steven Haller, The University of Toledo
  • Characterization of in-stream phosphorus cycling from high-frequency dissolved phosphorus time series
    James Hood, The Ohio State University
  • Occurrence and sources of veterinary pharmaceuticals in Lake Erie tributaries
    Laura Johnson, Heidelberg University
  • Variation in contaminant concentrations in wastewater and in biota of streams in NW Ohio
    Kevin McCluney, Bowling Green State University
  • Assessing nitrogen dynamics in a closed, integrated aquaponics system
    Silvia Newell, Wright State University
  • Dredged material blended with organic rich sources to amend farm soils
    Angélica Vásquez-Ortega, Bowling Green State University
  • Assessing the impact of shore management on the resilience of coastal environmental microbiomes
    Trisha Spanbauer, The University of Toledo

    Information about Ohio Sea Grant research topics, funding and current opportunities can be found at Reviews of research proposals for the next year of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative will be completed in early 2020.

The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit

ARTICLE TITLE: Ohio Sea Grant Announces New Funded Projects for 2020-2022 PUBLISHED: 10:30 am, Wed November 27, 2019
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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also produces online events like the Freshwater Science webinar series and other outreach events, and manages social media for Ohio Sea Grant.