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.
University of Notre Dame professor David Lodge discusses invasive species on a special segment of CBS Sunday Morning
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.
December 02, 2013 • Author: Brittany Collins, ND Newswire • Categories: ND-LEEF
On a snowy November afternoon, fourth-graders from South Bend’s Madison Primary Center came to the University of Notre Dame campus to build a barn.
The 21 elementary students met with fifth-year School of Architecture students at the Stepan Center on Nov. 12 (Tuesday) for a barn raising, part of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s “Teamwork and Timbers” program.
Aimee Buccellato, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, organized the event after hearing about the program, which brings the barn around to various schools and organizations so children in grades four through 12 can experience architecture and history firsthand.
“This exercise is one of a series of exercises that I organized for my Intro to Building Technology course so that the students get a very physical and tactile exposure to the materials that we’re studying in text and in lecture. I thought that as long as this model is traveling here from Michigan, we should bring together students from the community to expose them to traditional timber framing,” Buccellato said. “It’s a living language; it’s a way of building that we can use and do still use today. These students benefit from working as a team.”
Biologist David Lodge appointed to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board
November 20, 2013 • Author: William G. Gilroy • Categories: Asian Carp and eDNA
David Lodge, Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a world-renowned expert on invasive species, has accepted a nomination to join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science Advisory Board (SAB).
Established in 1997, the SAB is the only federal advisory committee with responsibility to advise the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education and the application of science to operations and information services. The advice is an effort to help NOAA bring about its mission to better understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the nation’s economic, social and environmental needs.
November 06, 2013 • Author: Annie Chang, WSBT-TV • Categories: Asian Carp and eDNA
Notre Dame scientists have found evidence of Asian silver carp in Lake Michigan for the first time.
A water sample collected by Chris Jerde of Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative tested 100% positive for the invasive species. It was the only sample out of 50 taken from Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin, but Jerde believes it to be an indication of an actual silver carp fish in the lake.
"Now, we have to go back and see what we find," Jerde said. "The question will be, 'In the future, if we go back, how often will we find it?'"
Asian silver carp can grow up to five feet long and 100 pounds. They can jump 10 feet high, and they eat everything in sight.
For Les Bontrager, who goes fishing in St. Joseph River at least once a week, the Asian silver carp are a nightmare.
"A lot of the river would be affected," Bontrager said. "The way these fish jump, I'm sure they would go right up a fish ladder, too."
The U.S. government designated the Asian carp an "invasive species" in 2007, because once the fish find their way into an ecosystem, they can wipe out other fish populations, altering the freshwater food chain.
What's more, they can hurt people.