Investigators: Lauren Sassoubre (PI), Gerald Koudelka, Christopher Lowry
Funding Source: UB RENEW
Abstract: Lake Erie provides drinking water to the region, habitat for wildlife, and it’s a mecca for fishing and recreation. However, microbial pollution in the lake threatens human and ecosystem health, as well as local economies and future economic development. Key to mitigating this problem is identifying the sources, transport and fate of microbial pollutants. The project will investigate microbial pollution at Woodlawn Beach, a popular spot on Lake Erie that was closed roughly half of the 2015 summer due to microbial pollution. The goals of the research are to:
The proposed research will provide a model for using interdisciplinary tools and next generation technologies to investigate microbial pollution issues in the Great Lakes region and ultimately protect freshwater coastal ecosystems and human health.