From New Zealand to North America, the single-celled silica-shelled didymo is reviled as "rock snot", and aquatic ecologists speculate that a subtle change in the algae's behavior has taken place allowing the species' range expansion. Read about the paradox didymo presents aquatic ecologists.
Four new research projects will begin in 2010 with funding through Minnesota Sea Grant. The awards are provided by NOAA's Sea Grant College Program and matched by the University of Minnesota. Read what the four studies promise the science community.
New workshops by the Great Lakes Observing System offer useful ways to integrate data for decision-making when planning events (like kayak and fishing trips) on Lake Superior.
For years, Lake Superior was thought to be monomictic—going through just one cycle of mixing or thermal stratification per year. Data in recent years is proving it to be dimictic (mixing through two annual cycles), though textbooks and websites are slow to catch up.
Identifying and preventing hypothermia is a serious task, but you can tackle it with Hypothermia 101...
If you have just five minutes, you can Catch Up with Aquatic Science on KUMD Radio (103.3 FM) Wednesday mornings at 7:45 a.m.
Round Gobies are like the "playground bullies" in our lakes and streams. Find out how they operate.
Staff updates include Jeff Gunderson as Minnesota Sea Grant's new director; Nancy Hoene as Communications Coordinator and Senior Editor; Kelly Pennington our new 2010 Knauss Fellow; and two interns—Kendra Richards and Hannah Fossum—who are graduating and leaving Minnesota Sea Grant.
Depending on time of year, E. coli found along Lake Superior's Duluth Boat Club beach comes from different sources.
Jeff Gunderson, Minnesota Sea Grant's new director, reflects on his 30 years with Sea Grant and where he would like to take the organization moving ahead to the future.
New Publications & Services
Four peer-reviewed articles help us better understand round gobies, slimy sculpin, and E. coli in Lake Superior beach sand and sediments.
Check out our new Web page and YouTube video on Hypothermia, and keep up on science facts through our radio series, fact sheets, Web pages, and more.