The Not-So Calm After the Storm: Modeling Storm-Associated River Plumes in Southern Lake Michigan

The Not-So Calm After the Storm: Modeling Storm-Associated River Plumes in Southern Lake Michigan

Chelsea Weiskerger was a 2019-2020 CIGLR Graduate Research Fellow from Michigan State University (MSU). Weiskerger graduated with a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering focused on Lake Michigan storm and water quality impacts. Currently, Weiskerger is working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is developing and calibrating watershed and water quality models to inform regulatory decisions to protect surface water and public health.

Extreme Water Level Effects on Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

Extreme Water Level Effects on Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

Olivia Anderson was a 2020-2021 CIGLR Graduate Research Fellow recipient from Central Michigan University (CMU). Anderson, advised by Donald Uzarski, PhD (CMU) and co-mentored by Casey Godwin, PhD (University of Michigan, CIGLR), graduated with a master’s degree in biology focused on Great Lakes wetlands and vegetation. Currently, Anderson is pursuing a PhD at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, where she is developing a decision support tool to help manage ditches in forests across Sweden.

Keeping an Eye to the Skies 

Keeping an Eye to the Skies 

Throughout his career as a forecaster at the National Weather Service (NWS) Detroit office, Trenton Frey cites public participation as one of the most important factors influencing forecasters’ ability to detect severe weather conditions. Although meteorologists have a wide array of tools available to predict and analyze weather patterns – radar and satellite imagery, weather model data, and ground-based observations from Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) equipment at airports – there is still a limit to what experts can know without people on the ground sending them ongoing observations.

A Microbiologist Tackles COVID-19

A Microbiologist Tackles COVID-19

In the midst of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, Justin Hart saw a way to apply his background in microbiology and water management to a new, global challenge. Hart joined teams that used a new way to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in major cities: wastewater surveillance.

Using Science to Better our Communities

Using Science to Better our Communities

Jarrod Dalton proves that where you start in your career is not necessarily where you will end up. Dr. Dalton worked as a Summer Fellow in 2003 at CIGLR, then “CILER,” working to understand how best to measure sea surface temperatures. In his own words, – “scratching my atmospheric/bathymetric sciences itch even though that wasn’t specifically the career path I ended up choosing.” However, his career still carries common threads with his work as a CIGLR summer fellow.