Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

barge in mid-riverCrews work to remediate contaminated sediment at the former UniRoyal site on the Detroit River. Photo courtesy Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Report calls for urgency to address contaminated river sediments

Contaminated sediments limit the ecological recovery of the Detroit and Rouge River ecosystems, says a report released Tuesday by the State of the Strait Conference steering committee.

On the U.S. side of the Detroit River, up to 5.1 million cubic metres of contaminated sediments have been targeted for remediation by state and federal governments. No additional sediment remediation is required on the Canadian side.

students mucking about in Grand Marais drainDoctoral student Shayenna Nolan will discuss key findings in a study of the Grand Marais Drain on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Webinar to highlight health of local streams

A presentation Tuesday, Nov. 22, will focus on understanding stream health in modern human-impacted landscapes.

Shayenna Nolan (BSc 2021), a PhD student in integrative biology and director of communications at the Healthy Headwaters Lab in the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, will deliver “Streams of the Anthropocene” over Zoom starting at 7 p.m.

scene from “Sapphic Dating for Rural Victorians.”UWindsor student Elissa Weir will premiere two short films at the Windsor International Film Festival, including “Sapphic Dating for Rural Victorians.”

Film faculty, students, and grads feature on festival screens

Many of the films on the schedule of the Windsor International Film Festival have a connection to UWindsor students, alumni, and faculty.
Photo of Doctoral Student Emily Varga taken in KenyaDoctoral student Emily Varga travelled to the east African country of Kenya to gain an understanding of its algal blooms.

Team comparing algal blooms in Africa and North America

Harmful algal blooms are not unique to Lake Erie. The global issue took a team of UWindsor researchers to Kenya to study its algal blooms, in hopes of shedding light on the problem in southern Ontario.

The collaborative effort paired researchers from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Kenya to collect data on Lake Victoria in hopes of better understanding the environmental drivers of harmful algal blooms. Algal blooms are collections of algae that have the potential to produce toxins that can contaminate drinking water and harm the ecosystem.

Hugh MacIsaacHugh MacIsaac of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research has been awarded $275,000 over five years under the Natural Sciences and Environmental Research Council of Canada’s Discovery grant program to assess interacting stressors in lakes.

Professors receive more than $4.1 million for scientific and engineering research

More than $4 million in federal research funds will support scientists and students to become global leaders in their fields.