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Fall 2022

Zachary Aanerud presented a poster at the 2022 International Drainage Symposium in August 2022.  The poster is entitled Nitrate Leaching and Nitrous Oxide and Ammonia Emissions in Southwestern Minnesota Corn Fields During a Drought. Aanerud is advised by Fabian Fernandez

Ayooluwateso Coker presented An examination of sediment algal interactions in the enrichment of cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Superior at the International Society of Limnology Conference in August 2022. 

Ayooluwateso Coker received a masters degree in August 2022. Coker’s thesis was entitled Phosphorus in Riverine and Lake Bottom Sediments: Role in the formation of Cyanobacterial Blooms in Lake Superior.  Coker was advised by Robert Sterner.

Peter Conowall received a masters degree in June 2022 with a thesis entitled A Comparison of The Microplastic Burden on the Ecosystems of Four Inland Lakes in Minnesota, USA.  Conowall was advised by Kathryn Schreiner.

Elizabeth Hill received a masters degree in July 2022 with a thesis entitled A High-Throughput Microfluidic qPCR Platform for the Simultaneous Quantification of Fecal Indicator Bacteria, Microbial Source Tracking Markers, and Pathogens in Surface Waters and Municipal Wastewater. Hill was advised by Satoshi Ishii and Chan Lan Chun.

Garner Kohrell received a masters degree in August 2022 with a thesis entitled Quantifying the Impacts of Climate Change on Soil Erosion and Runoff in Minnesota Agricultural Watersheds using the WEPP Model.  Kohrell was advised by David Mulla.

Katie Kramarczuk received a masters degree in June 2022 with a thesis entitled Optimizing Biofiltration Media for the Capture of Phosphate and the Support of Vegetation Growth. Kramarczuk was advised by Andy Erickson and Jacques Finlay.

Julia Zimmer received a masters degree in August 2022 with a thesis entitled Analyzing Commercial Shipping Docks as a Source for Human and Wildlife Pathogens in the St. Louis River Estuary. Zimmer was advised by Randall Hicks and Chan Lan Chun.

New WRS faculty

Katya Kovalenko (Duluth) - Affiliate Member - Data Scientist, Natural Resources Research Institute

 

 

Summer 2022

Matthew Belanger presented a poster entitled Assessing the implications of chloride from land application of manure at the World Congress of Soil Science, July 2022, Glascow Scotland. Belanger is advised by Melissa Wilson.

Ellie Hill presented a poster entitled A High-throughput Microfluidic qPCR Platform for Simultaneous Quantification of Fecal Indicator Bacteria, Microbial Source Tracking Markers, and Pathogens in Environmental Waters at the Frontiers in Hydrology Conference, June 2022, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hill is advised by Satoshi Ishii and Chan Lan Chun

Xiang Li presented Regionalization in a global hydrologic deep learning model: from physical descriptors to random vectors at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe Conference, June 2022, Houston Texas. Li is advised by John Nieber.

Victor Teng presented Are Long-Short-Term Memory (LSTM) Model Simulations of Watershed Discharge Improved when Water Storage Is Included as Input? The Case Study at Rum River Watershed, MN at the 2022 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, June 2022, Atlanta, Georgia. Teng is advised by John Nieber.

New WRS faculty

Alexander Frie (Duluth) - Affiliate Member - Research and Fellowship Coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant
Gregory Sass (Duluth) - Affiliate Member - Fisheries Research Team Lead, Wisconsin DNR

Spring 2022

Nichole Angell presented at the American Fisheries Society annual meeting in February 2022. The presentation was entitled Effectiveness and costs of aquatic invasive species spread prevention in Minnesota. Angell is also the recipient of the 2022 Moos Graduate Research Fellowship in Aquatic Biology. Angell is advised by Nicholas Phelps

Matt Belanger presented a poster at the Waste 2 Worth Conference in April 2022. The poster was entitled Assessing the implications of chloride from land application of manure for Minnesota waterways. Belanger is advised by Melissa Wilson.

Jake Callaghan presented Bacterioplankton communities exhibit spatial and temporal distributions and metabolic differences in oligotrophic Lake Superior at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Callaghan is advised by Cody Sheik.

Teso Coker presented Riverine & Lake Sediment Phosphorus: Role in the formation of Cyanobacterial Blooms in Lake Superior at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. An article written by Coker, The Summit of Stem: Navigating the Uneven Terrain appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Open Rivers. Coker is advised by Robert Sterner.

Peter Conowall presented a poster A Comparison of the Microplastic Burden on the Ecosystems of Four Inland Lakes in Minnesota, USA at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Conowall is advised by Kathryn Schreiner.

Megan Corum presented Spatial patterns and environmental drivers of horizontal, diel, and seasonal distribution of the invasive zooplankton Bythotrephes in a Minnesota Reservoir at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Corum is advised by Donn Branstrator.

Leah Egan presented at the International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria in May 2022. The presentation was entitled Phenology of cyanobacteria bloom development and maintenance in nutrient-rich Minnesota lakes differing in nutrient limitation status. Egan is advised by Cody Sheik and Chris Filstrup.

Adam Frankiewicz will present a poster Developing an Updated and Educational Key for Sphaeriidae clams of the Great Lakes Region at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Frankiewicz is advised by Valerie Brady and John Pastor.

Erica Green presented a poster Observations of vertical heat fluxes in Lake Superior: variability, mechanisms, and drivers at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Green is advised by Sam Kelly.

Audrey Huff presented You Are What You Eat: The Impact of Food Quantity and Quality on Quagga Mussel C-N-P Cycling at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Huff is advised by Ted Ozersky.

Katherine Kramarczuk received the 2022 Matthew J. Huber Award. Kramarczuk is advised by Jacques Finlay.

Ashley Murr presented Acoustic Profiling Observations of Zooplankton Migration at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Murr is advised by Jay Austin.

Kaela Natwora presented at the International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria in May 2022. The presentation was entitled The Physiological and Transcriptional Response of Harmful Algal Blooms in Nitrogen Limited Lakes. Natwora is advised by Cody Sheik.

Tongyao Pu presented Stability of stratification in tropical meromictic Lake Towuti at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Pu is advised by Sergei Katsev.

Daniel Sandborn presented a poster CO2 Acidification in Lake Superior: Developing a Chemical Forecast at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Sandborn is advised by Elizabeth Minor.

Daniel Sandborn was awarded the 2022 CIGLR Fellowship to work on a collaborative project with Reagan Errera at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory entitled CaCO3 saturation state as a predictor of Dreissenid Habitat in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Sandborn is advised by Elizabeth Minor.

Kirill Shchapov presented Contrasting full-year seasonality of zooplankton and benthos abundance and nutritional quality in Lake Superior at the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting May 2022. Shchapov is advised by Ted Ozersky.

Winter 2022

Amanda Brennan received her doctoral degree in November 2021. Her dissertation was entitled Increasing transparency in the implications of variability in contaminant partitioning. Brennan was advised by Nathan Johnson.

Elizabeth Hill presented a poster at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference in October 2021. The poster was entitled A high-throughput MFQPCR approach to simultaneously quantify FI bacteria, MST markers, and pathogens of Lake Superior beaches. Hill is advised by Satoshi Ishii and Chan Lan Chun.

Mariel Jones presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2021. The presentation was entitled The role of precipitation, vegetation, and evapotranspiration in lowland , snow-dominated headwater catchments. Jones is advised by Xue Feng

Xiang Li presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2021. The presentation was entitled Effectiveness of basin aware modulation in a global hydrologic deep learning model: from physical descriptors to random vectors. Li is advised by John Nieber.

Philip Margarit presented a poster at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2021. The poster was entitled Analysis of Groundwater Age Distributions in Complex Aquifer Systems to Evaluate Best Management Practice Efficacy. Margarit is advised by John Nieber.

Shawnee McMillian received her masters degree in December 2021. Her thesis was entitled Water Chemistry and Microbial Nitrogen Cycling in Wild Rice Wetlands. McMillian was advised by Chan Lan Chun.

Kasey Rundquist received her masters degree in December 2021. Rundquist was advised by John Nieber.

Victor Teng presented a poster at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2021. The poster was entitled Can Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) model Simulating Three-Dimensional Storage-Discharge Relations? The Case Study at Rum River Watershed, MN. Teng is advised by John Nieber.

Tamara Walsky received her masters degree in December 2021. Her thesis was entitled Occurrences and Temporal Dynamics of Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Different Stormwater Reuse Systems. Walsky was advised by Satoshi Ishii.

Erika Winner presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2021. The presentation was entitled Does Drought Matter? Factors for Resilience in Forested Watersheds of Northern California. Winner is advised by Salli Dymond.

New WRS Faculty

Bonnie Keeler, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Gregory Sass, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biology and Fisheries Research, WI DNR