This presentation will focus on how Muskegon Lake has been influenced and shaped by the communities and industries along its shores. Just as use, focus and priorities have changed over the decades, so have efforts to measure physical and biological parameters. The suite tools available to researchers have become more sophisticated since the initial mapping of the Lake. Our current understanding of the Lake is shaped by these earlier efforts and the limitations of tools available to researchers. This presentation provides an historical overview of methods and gear deployed to measure the diverse physical and biological aspects of the Muskegon Lake. Future management of the Lake will require a holistic understanding, supported by a new suite of field methods and tools
This lecture series is presented in conjunction with the Shifting Shoreline exhibit. Each lecture begins at 6:00 pm. Call 722-0278 to reserve your seat. This is a free series.
Dennis Donahue is the Marine Superintendent for NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab and is responsible for managing the NOAA fleet of research vessel on the Great Lakes. A graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and the University of Michigan with degrees in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. In his current position, he has played a role in a broad spectrum of research projects with particular focus on the integration of vessels, applied technologies and sampling gear to support research objectives.
Other dates and topics:
February 28: “Remediation, Restoration and Revitalization of Muskegon Lake” – Kathy Evans, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission
March 28: “Muskegon Lake as a NOAA Habitat Focus Area” Terry Heatlie, NOAA Affiliate
April 11: “Contaminated Sediments: A Path to Restoration” – Dr. Richard Rediske, Professor, Annis Water Resources Institute
April 25: “The Long Term Muskegon Lake Monitoring Program” – Dr. Alan Steinman, Director, Annis Water Resources Institute