Winter 2017 eNewsletter

Winter Welcome: Welcome to the CILER Team!

CILER is pleased to welcome three new faces to our team this winter:


Peter Alsip editing the GLANSIS website. Photo courtesy of Michele Wensman.

Peter Alsip is a student research assistant, working on updating the Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS) database with Rochelle Sturtevant (Great Lakes Sea Grant), Ed Rutherford (NOAA GLERL), and Felix Martinez (NOAA NOS/CSCOR). Peter’s graduate studies at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) are focused on conservation ecology and environmental policy. He is advised by CILER Research Scientist Hongyan Zhang. Peter received his B.S. in Biology from Wisconsin Lutheran College.


Emily Davenport getting acquainted with the ESPniagara. Photo courtesy of Michele Wensman.

Emily Davenport is a Research Technician with the CILER-GLERL harmful algal bloom (HAB) research team, led by Drs. Tom Johengen (CILER) and Tim Davis (NOAA GLERL). She will lead deployments and new method development for the ESPniagara, including a system for real-time detection of the dominant HAB-forming cyanobacterium Microcystis and a suite of related toxins. Emily completed her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Bowling Green State University.


Qianqian Liu working on her 3D model. Photo courtesy of Michele Wensman.

Qianqian Liu is a CILER Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She is working at GLERL with Dr. Eric Anderson to develop a 3-dimentional model of water temperature and circulation in Muskegon Lake that will help explain how these factors influence HABs and low oxygen conditions, or hypoxia. Qianqian received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and recently completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences.