Understanding Harmful Algae Blooms in MN Inland Lakes

Although reports of harmful algae blooms (HABs) have increased through time, the factors affecting the distribution and frequency of HABs are not understood. In this project, we are employing a three-pronged approach to trying to learn about HABs in MN inland lakes. We are using paleolimnological fossil pigment analysis to reveal historical abundance trends of cyanobacteria, as well as in situ monitoring of water quality and algae communities in order to evaluate relationships between environmental stressors and HAB occurrences. In addition, we are using a citizen science reporting network in order to better understand the where and when blooms occur on a landscape scale.

Project Staff: 

Andrew Bramburger and Matt Bambach