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Sea Grant gives away $527,000
Duluth News Tribune

The Duluth-based University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program is providing more than $527,000 during the next two years to fund environmental research by graduate students.

Ten students are investigating subjects related to Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland lakes under the supervision of university faculty.

Projects employing the graduate students involve such topics as lake trout populations and habitats, water pollution, new water monitoring technologies, aquatic invasive species and Lake Superior's ecosystem.

"I had the funds and flexibility to hire some of the country's best graduate students in science," said Paige Novak, assistant professor at the university's Department of Civil Engineering. "Two master's degree candidates... are now conducting laboratory investigations that will contribute to our understanding of howmicroorganisms might accelerate the breakdown of PCBs in Great Lakes."

Another graduate student, Winfried Ksoll, is studying water resources science at UMD and investigating whether the fecal indicator E. coli might survive and possibly grow in aquatic environments like the sediments of Lake Superior.

The money announced recently is in addition to $678,500 Minnesota Sea Grant awarded for research projects in March.

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