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