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Scholarship Boosts Contaminant Research

Matt Hudson at work

Matt Hudson

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) awarded Matt Hudson a $2,000 scholarship for his graduate research in Water Resource Science at the University of Minnesota. Hudson's research is part of Minnesota Sea Grant's investigation into how bacteria, which often account for a relatively high amount (80-90 percent) of the metabolic activity in oligotrophic waters such as Lake Superior, contribute to the accumulation of contaminants in predators.

The IAGLR scholarship acknowledges graduate research that promises to make a significant contribution to the understanding of large lakes. "IAGLR is a professional organization dedicated to large lake science and it was an honor to receive their scholarship," said Hudson after accepting his award at the 45th annual IAGLR conference in Winnipeg, Canada. "The scholarship reaffirmed that this research is important."

Hudson is collecting field and laboratory data in cooperation with his advisor, Professor Deborah Swackhamer, and project leader, Assistant Professor James Cotner.

"The part that bacteria plays in contaminant cycling in lakes is unclear," said Hudson. "Current models looking at the flow of contaminants through a food web like Lake Superior's don't factor in bacteria. Our aim is to collect data that will help define the role of these important organisms in accumulating contaminants."

By Sharon Moen
September 2002

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