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Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Tom Springer has been named the new Managing Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), starting June 1, 2016. Springer brings significant management and communication expertise to Notre Dame, including strategic planning, grant development, program design and evaluation, group facilitation, and program promotion.

Looking beyond conventional networks can lead to better predictions

Zebra mussels, a ship-borne invasive species, are such a problem in American waters that they cost the U.S. power industry alone $3.1 billion in economic losses in 1993-1999, mainly by blocking pipes that deliver water to cooling plants. Researchers looking for a way to predict where they might end up...

Heavy Metals In Lake Michigan Turtles

Fish probably get the most attention when it comes to gauging the effects that heavy metals have on Lake Michigan’s inhabitants. But overlooked in this realm of research are turtles. Being that they are a part of the ecosystem too, there is still plenty that scientists can learn by studying...

Metal heads and body burdens: Lake Michigan turtles can’t get the lead out

You likely won’t find any painted and snapping turtles headbanging to Metallica in Lake Michigan wetlands. But heavy metal runs in their veins. These turtles accumulate heavy metals in their tissues, according to a recent study completed at University of Notre Dame and published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Some of those...

Invasive Asian carp could overtake Lake Erie, study finds

A new study suggests that Asian carp, which have been spotted in watersheds close to the Great Lakes, would make themselves right at home if they made it to Lake Erie. The study, published recently in the journal Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, used computer modeling to estimate the...

Research for a sustainable future

Sustainability is often thought about strictly as an environmental issue: recycling, limiting emissions or protecting wildlife. But sustainability is more than just planting trees and driving hybrid cars. More than 140 faculty members in 36 University departments are currently conducting sustainability research on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility to...

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION(S) IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

At least one postdoctoral research position is available to pursue collaborative projects in conservation biology that would inform the management and policy of aquatic invasive species. The postdoctoral fellow(s) would join an interdisciplinary team of researchers, contribute to multiple projects, and would lead one or more subprojects involving: characterization of...

Author: Alex Gumm

Hunting for Asian carp by what they left behind

Think of it as CSI for fish. Like the crime scene investigators on television detective shows, fisheries scientists are relying on a technique called eDNA (environmental DNA) to search the Great Lakes for evidence of Asian carp that are too sparsely spread to be captured by electrofishing, netting or poisoning.…...

Study: Grass Carp Pose Dangers For Great Lakes

  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Plant-gorging grass carp probably could survive in all of the Great Lakes, scientists said Monday, adding that if the fish get established, they might significantly damage the environment. The fight to prevent Asian carp from reaching the inland seas has focused primarily on bighead and silver...

Study measures how well Asian carp prevention effort will work

   Scientists from the University of Notre Dame, Resources for the Future and the U.S. Forest Service presented their findings of the effectiveness of different Asian carp prevention barriers in a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. “Our study goes beyond just presenting barrier options by putting...

Lake Michigan fish in danger with the invasion of Asian Carp

SOUTH BEND -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...

Asian carp DNA found in Sturgeon Bay

Asian carp DNA has turned up in Lake Michigan waters off Door County, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported Tuesday. The single positive water sample for the jumping silver carp was taken May 31 in Sturgeon Bay near Potawatomi State Park.