The scientists and staff of UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) are inviting the community to board and tour the Blue Heron research vessel on Friday, June 29 in the Twin Ports Harbor near the Great Lakes Aquarium.
The LLO Science on Deck event is free and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to hear a presentation at 3:15 p.m. and they will also get to meet a number of graduate students working on fresh water research.
Andrew Camilleri, an MS candidate for Water Resources Science on the Limnology and Oceanography track, is planning on graduating in August 2018. He is researching the nutrient limitation of benthic algae in the upper Great Lakes with Ted Ozersky, assistant professor of biology. Andrew is determining how different environmental factors can affect how benthic algae respond to different nutrients, such as nitrogen or phosphorus, which can promote or inhibit the growth of benthic algae.
The Blue Heron is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), and is chartered by research scientists to explore any of the Great Lakes. The tours are offered on a monthly basis during the sailing season (about five times a year). LLO started hosting the program in the spring of 2013.
Located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth, LLO is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. They focus on the global implications of investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circular dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology.