Dmitry Beletsky

Research Scientist

4840 S.State Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9719


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Dr. Beletsky has been with the SEAS Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (joint Institute between University of Michigan and NOAA) since 1995. His research expertise lies in the hydrodynamics of lakes and coupling lake physics with biological processes. Since the beginning of his career in limnology in Russia, he has worked on hydrodynamics and climatology of several large lakes in Europe (Ladoga and Onega), North America (Lake Champlain, Lake St. Clair, Lakes Michigan, Erie, Ontario and Huron), and the Baltic Sea. His major scientific interest is climatology and long-term changes of circulation patterns in the Great Lakes.

  • 1992, Ph.D., Physical Limnology / Oceanography, Institute of Limnology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1982, M.S., Marine Engineering, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St.Petersburg, Russia.
Research Interest/Area of Expertise: 
  • Hydrodynamic modeling of lakes
  • Physical–biological coupling in lakes
Recent Publications: 

Rowe, M.D., E.J. Anderson, D. Beletsky, C.A. Stow, S,D. Moegling, J.D. Chaffin, J.C. May, P.D. Collingsworth, A. Jabbari and J.D. Ackerman. 2019. Coastal upwelling influences hypoxia spatial patterns and nearshore dynamics in Lake Erie. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. (DOI:10.1029/2019JC015192). [Altmetric Score]

Hawley, N., D. Beletsky and J. Wang. 2018. Ice thickness measurements in Lake Erie during the winter of 2010–2011. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 44(3):388-397. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2018.04.004). [Altmertic Score]

Beletsky, D., R. Beletsky, E.S. Rutherford, J.L. Sieracki, J.M. Bossenbroek, W.L. Chadderton, M.E. Wittmann and D.M. Lodge. 2017. Predicting spread of aquatic invasive species by lake currents. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 43(3):14-32. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2017.02.001). [Altmetric Score]

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Recent Presentations: 

Beletsky, D., J. Feyen, L. A. Mason, C. Xiao, A. Gronewold, D. Titze, H. Hu, E. J. Anderson, P.Chu, L. Read, W. Saunders. Developing a Hydrologic-Hydrodynamic Flood Forecasting System for Lake Champlain, AGU Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2019, San Francisco, CA.

D. Rowe, E. J. Anderson, D. Beletsky, C. A. Stow. Performance of a Lake Erie hypoxia forecast model in 2018. IAGLR, June 10-14, 2019, Brockport, NY.

Beletsky, D., R. Beletsky, E. J. Anderson, M. D. Rowe, S. A. Ruberg, T. H. Johengen, C. A. Stow. Summer hydrodynamics of Lake Erie: observations and modeling during upwelling events. IAGLR, June 10-14, 2019, Brockport, NY.

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Dmitry Beletsky is a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research at the University of Michigan. His presentation explores the potential dispersal of Golden mussel (Limnoperna fortunei) larvae in Lake Michigan using a three-dimensional particle transport model.