Kathleen L. Hastings
Buffalo State College Great Lakes Center
"Long-Term Lower Trophic Monitoring of Eastern Basin, Lake Erie, 2008-2009"
Long term monitoring studies can be vital tools for observing changes in the Great Lakes ecosystem over time. Monitoring studies may be especially valuable for the detection of exotic species, as well as the documentation of both anthropogenic effects (such as nutrient management programs) and the local effects of global climate change. By monitoring lower trophic levels rigorously over time, the patterns of ecosystem change described may lead to the deeper understanding of various phenomena, including changes in fisheries production. In 1999, the Lake Erie Forage Task Group (FTG) designed and implemented a long-term multi-agency sampling protocol and database, and now has over a decade of data compiled. The Great Lakes Center has been active with this program since 2008 by taking over monitoring responsibility at two sites previously maintained by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2009, the GLC expanded their operations with the addition of a third site at a deeper location more prone to stratification. In her presentation, Kathleen Hastings will give a brief overview of her sampling efforts and results for 2008 and 2009 at three sites.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Classroom Building B118
Students, staff, and faculty welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
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