Cornell University continue Great Lakes project

April 13, 2022
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An ongoing Cornell University Great Lakes ecosystem monitoring project, recipient of a more than $6.74 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, needs such assistance to continue, a university official said in a news release.

his collaboration will generate critical information to advance understanding of how changing nutrient conditions, invasive species, and a warming climate are affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The project’s focus is on the zooplankton Mysis, shrimp-like organisms native to the Great Lakes, and benthic invertebrates, bottom feeders that have no backbones and include native and “exotic mussels,” the university’s news release said.

Changes in the lake ecosystems can happen very quickly, Cornell Natural Resources and the Environment Senior Research Associate James Watkins said in the university’s news release.

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