The Center's Research Projects
Researchers at the Center will conduct three projects on how environmental factors promote or constrain cHAB species; what factors influence toxin production; and how other microbes influence cHAB growth and toxicity. With these three projects, the Center will be able to influence policy and shape strategies to respond to algal blooms in the future.
The collaborative projects will bring together some of the most prominent researchers in biology and environmental sciences. Senior personnel include nationally recognized scientists such as George Bullerjahn, Timothy Davis, R. Michael McKay, (BGSU); Thomas Bridgeman (University of Toledo); Steven Wilhelm (University of Tennessee); Greg Dick (University of Michigan); David Sherman (University of Michigan); Gregory Boyer (SUNY-ESF); Heather Triezenberg (Michigan State University); Hans Paerl (University of North Carolina) and BGSU alumni Gregory Doucette (NOAA) and Justin Chaffin (The Ohio State University).
The Great Lakes Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health will have the staff, facilities and funding necessary to gather vital new data and develop important new research tools to better predict, detect and mitigate cHABs in Lake Erie and beyond.
Citizen Engagement and Citizen Science
The community can play a vital role in the success of the Center’s research. By promoting citizen science, the Center engages with local stakeholders to collect data and slow the spread of algal blooms.
One of the major challenges of the Center will be to collect accurate data. With the help of charter boat captains on Lake Erie, charter boats will collect water samples on the lake to provide real-time data to researchers.
The Center will also partner with the U.S. Coast Guard and its Icebreaker crews. Members of the Coast Guard will receive education and tuition support with a “biology 101” course on algal blooms and data collection.
Below are other ways citizen science plays a role in the success of the Center:
Study abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
OSU Stone lab will coordinate the charter boat sampling efforts.
Michigan State will train scientists on how to effectively communicate their research to the general public.