Fall 2014 Community News

Larry Baker (WRS faculty, BBE) has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's Board of Scientific Counselors' (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee, effective September 4, 2014.

John Bilotta, (WRC, Sea Grant) participated in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research team project June 17–29, 2014 conducting Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and multibeam sonar surveys inside and outside five marine protected areas in the south Atlantic to assess survey efficacy with respect to fisheries management. See the some of his findings here Bilotta also led two NEMO workshops on-the-water in July - providing training to elected and appointed leaders and community leaders on Lake Minnetonka and on the St. Croix River.

John Gulliver (WRS faculty, CE) received funding for two 319 projects from the MPCA/US EPA, Performance of an Agricultural Drainage Tile Filter and Internal Phosphorus Load Reduction with Iron Filings. In spring 2014, Gulliver presented GIsmos for Stormwater Treatment at Carnegie Mellon University and Villanova University. Gulliver also hosted two visiting professors in summer 2014, Masoud Kayhanian from the University of California-Davis and Peter Weiss from Valparaiso University.

Lucinda Johnson (WRS faculty, NRRI) was appointed in March 2014 to the International Joint Commission's Science Advisory Board to serve a three year term. Johnson will participate in the Science Policy Committee, which helps to identify upcoming challenges and review ongoing science issues facing the Great Lakes community as it implements the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. In Large Lake Observatory news: Blue Heron Captain Mike King has retired and the new Captain is Raul Lee. Contact Doug Ricketts if you want more information. Ricketts is also running a workshop next week for new investigators to coach them in the use of UNOLS vessels. LLO also announces Science Fridays, when the public will be invited to board and tour the Blue Heron research vessel and indulge in science. For dates and more information, visit: http://www.d.umn.edu/llo/sciencefriday.html

Robert Sterner (WRS faculty, EEB) has joined the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) as the new director of the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) and member of the faculty in the UMD Department of Biology. “I've examined different aspects of carbon and nutrient cycles and over the years, and I've amassed a great deal of information about these basic ecosystem properties,” he said. “The work continues to fascinate me, and I'm delighted to join the remarkable LLO team.” Sterner also organized the 2014 Woodstoich workshop in Sydney, Australia, August 15-21. Woodstoich attracts early-career scientists interested in synthesizing or exploring promising connections between ecological stoichiometry and nutritional geometry, or the connections between either of these and other major ecological or evolutionary theories.

Deborah Swackhamer (WRS faculty, PH) participated in a panel discussion of Science and Policy at the Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Sciences: Water, June 23-27, Holderness, NH. Swackhamer also was an invited speaker at the ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA, August 10-15, in a symposium on Women and Environmental Science. Swackhamer is currently a member of the Health Effects Institute's Committee on Development of Unconventional Oil and Gas that is crafting a research plan for the Marcellus Shale area. In August, Swackhamer was an external site visitor for the water programs at Penn State in August 2014.