Associate Professor Michael Pfrender works with ND-ECI on the Environmental Genomics project. Researchers in the project are working to develop species-detection devices and ecosystem monitoring technologies. Assistant Professor Jason McLachlan is part of the Paleoecological Observatory Netwrok (PALEON), an international collaboration developed by ND-ECI. PALEON research hopes to answer important questions, such as "How will forests across the country respond to coming changes in climate?" The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Director, Lindsay Chadderton, works in close partnership with ND-ECI to develop and implement the eDNA monitoring method to detect Asian carp in Lake Michigan. Associate Professor Jessica Hellmann uses the greater Chicago area asa "test bed" for developing climate forecasting tools. ND-ECI has a program devoted to climate adaptation that focuses on how humans might help reduce the consequences of climate change for entire ecological communities. Galla Professor Jennifer Tank is the principle investigator for the land use and water quality program. The ND-ECI researchers on this project are investigating the "two-stage ditch" method for managing nutrient run-off, which will create a win-win situation for both farmers and fish.
Dr. David Lodge speaks at the 2013 Shamrock Series Event in Dallas
University of Notre Dame professor David Lodge discusses invasive species on a special segment of CBS Sunday Morning
Dr. Jessica Hellmann on NBC's Changing Planet series discusses adaptation of butterflies.
The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) is tackling the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. The goal of ND-ECI is to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible.
"When Nature Bites Back: Solving the Budget-Busting Invasive Species Epidemic"
Dr. David Lodge speaks at the 2013 Shamrock Series Event in Dallas.
August 22, 2014 • Author: Eric Larson, Shedd Aquarium • Categories: Transportation Networks, Climate Change, and the Spread of Invasive Species
Where Am I?
I’m working predominantly in Vilas County, Wisconsin out of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Research Center (UNDERC), as well as doing some research at the University of Wisconsin’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site on Trout Lake. Off the football field, the Fighting Irish and Badgers have actually been great collaborators up here over the years. Although I’ll be working primarily in the Great Lakes in the future, my first project here is building on long-term datasets on native and invasive crayfish dynamics, largely developed by my mentor and collaborator, Dr. David Lodge.
What Are We Interested In?
One of the most exciting questions we’re working on is “boom and bust” population dynamics of the invasive rusty crayfish. Rusty crayfish first started showing up in northern Wisconsin lakes a few decades ago – they’re introduced from nearby within the United States (e.g. Ohio), but still have pretty big impacts outside of their native range. Many of these northern Wisconsin lakes were already well-studied by a number of researchers like Dr. Lodge, and the profound changes that rusty crayfish caused in them were easy to observe: rusty crayfish reduced abundances of other invertebrate species like snails, as well as aquatic plants that are important habitat for fish, and this ultimately lead to declines of many fish species themselves – including economically important sport fish. One of Dr. Lodge’s past PhD students (Dr. Reuben Keller, now at Loyola University) even put a price on these impacts: rusty crayfish cost Vilas County alone $6 million in tourism dollars between 1975 and 2005.
August 07, 2014 • Author: William G. Gilroy • Categories: Asian Carp and eDNA
If bighead and silver carp were to establish in Lake Erie, local fish biomass is not likely to change beyond observations recorded in the last three decades, according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology on Thursday (Aug. 6) by a group of scientists from the University of Notre Dame, Resources for the Future, U.S. Forest Service, University of Michigan and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory.