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: 

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]

Cable, R.N., D. Beletsky, R. Beletsky, B.W. Locke, K. Wigginton and M.B. Duhaime. 2017. Distribution and modeled transport of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater resource. Frontiers in Environmental Science. (DOI:10.3389/fenvs.2017.00045). [Altmetric Score]

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Recent Presentations: 

Beletsky, D., R. Beletsky, E.J. Anderson, M.D. Rowe, S.A. Ruberg, T.H. Johengen and C.A. Stow. 2018. Observations and modeling of summer hydrodynamics of Lake Erie in support of coastal hypoxia forecasting. ELLS-IAGLR, Evian, France, Sept. 23-28.

Beletsky, R., D. Beletsky, E.S. Rutherford, J.L. Sieracki, J. Bossenbroek, W.L. Chadderton, M. Wittman and D.M. Lodge. 2018. Spread of aquatic invasive species by currents in the Great Lakes. ELLS-IAGLR, Evian, France, Sept. 23-28.

Rowe, M.D., E.J. Anderson, S.A. Ruberg, D. Beletsky, H. Zhang, T.H. Johengen, S. Moegling, E.M. Verhamme and C.A. STOW. Coastal upwelling dynamics influence spatial patterns of hypoxia and nearshore hypoxia events in the central basin of Lake Erie (poster). AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting. Portland, Oregon. February 12-16, 2018.

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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.