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Freshwater Science: Lake Erie Algae in the Depth of Winter

August 30, 2022 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

Although harmful algal blooms happen in the summer, the algae themselves are year-round residents of the water bodies they inhabit – but very little is known about other times in the annual cycle of blooms. For Lake Erie, ice cover and extreme weather conditions in winter and spring prevent regular monitoring and safe sampling.

By partnering with the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Dr. Mike McKay at the University of Windsor can take advantage of those ships’ ice-breaking capabilities to sample offshore waters in winter and early spring, before state and federal agencies start their monitoring efforts.

The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information.


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About the Speaker

Mike McKay
R. Michael McKay Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor

Dr. Robert Michael McKay joined the University of Windsor in 2019 and serves as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and Professor in the School of the Environment. Professor McKay’s research is focused on large lakes where he studies the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, harmful algal blooms and winter limnology. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and currently serves as an investigator on grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, U.S. National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Freshwater Science webinar series, go.osu.edu/OSGWebinars

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