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U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center

Community Dynamics

Coastal Great Lakes ecosystems support a diverse group of aquatic and terrestrial organisms, many of which use these ecosystems during important life stages. Understanding the structure and dynamics of coastal eco-zones supports assessment of lake and species health, and provides stronger tools for resource management. The USGS-GLSC has several nearshore monitoring programs in place throughout the Great Lakes Basin that assess algae, benthic fauna, juvenile fish, and native fish populations in areas such as Sandusky Bay, Western Lake Erie, the St. Lawrence River, and the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.


Western Lake Erie has undergone extensive ecosystem changes in the past two decades-- yet, quantification of this change relative to historic changes is lacking.

Principal Investigator: Donald Schloesser

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