Other Sentinel Lake Investigations by Partners

Project Description and Lakes Investigated

Cisco and coldwater habitat

  • Population assessment tools, habitat use, and behavior of cisco. Lead Investigators: Tyler Ahrenstorff ([email protected]) and Dr. Tom Hrabik; University of Minnesota-Duluth, Funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (proj. #067-B4). Lakes Investigated: Carlos, Cedar, Elk, South Twin, Trout, White Iron, Ten Mile.  Target completion date: June 2012.
  • Cisco (Coregonus artedi) stomach composition and fullness in Minnesota lakes varying by depth and mixing regimes. Lead investigators: Kyle Gilles, Tyler Ahrenstorff ([email protected]), Dr. Tom Hrabik; University of Minnesota-Duluth, Funded by UMD's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.  Lakes investigated: Carlos, Elk, Ten Mile, White Iron.  Report available upon request.
  • Cisco (Coregonus artedi) reverse diel vertical migrations in Ten Mile Lake, Minnesota. Lead Investigators: Logan Jacobson, Tyler Ahrenstorff ([email protected]), Dr. Tom Hrabik; University of Minnesota-Duluth, Funded by UMD's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Lakes investigated: Ten Mile. Target completion date: November 2011.
  • Simulations of cisco fish habitat in Minnesota lakes under future climate scenarios. Lead investigator: Dr. Xing Fang ([email protected]).  University of Minnesota St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Report no. 547.  Lakes investigated: Carlos, Cedar, Elk, South Twin, White Iron, Ten Mile, Madison, South Center, St. Olaf, Carrie, Elephant, Bearhead, Hill.
    • Jiang, L., X. Fang, H. G. Stefan, P. C. Jacobson, and D. L. Pereira. 2012. Oxythermal habitat parameters and identifying cisco refuge lakes in Minnesota under future climate scenarios using variable benchmark periods. Ecological Modelling 232:14-27.
    • Fang, X., Alam, S.R., Stefan, H.G., Jiang, L., Jacobson, P.C., Pereira, D.L., In press. Simulations of water quality and oxythermal cisco habitat in Minnesota lakes under past and future climate scenarios. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada 47.
  • Simulating the combined effects of future watershed land cover and climate change on cold-water fish habitat.  Primary coordinator of projects: Peter Jacobson ([email protected]); DNR Fisheries Habitat Research Supervisor.  Partners include Dr. Richard Kiesling USGS; Dr. Lucinda Johnson Natural Resource Research Institute; Dr. Heinz Stefan, U of MN; and Dr. Xing Fang, Auburn University. Lakes investigated: Carlos, Cedar, Elk, South Twin, Trout, White Iron, Ten Mile.
  • Pelagic habitat preference of muskellunge, walleye, and cisco. Investigators: Dr. Andrew Carlson ([email protected]), Jerry Younk, Rodney Pierce (DNR Fisheries Research).  Lake investigated: Elk Lake. Funded in parts by the Game and Fish Fund, Federal Sportfish Restoration Act, and Muskies Inc.  Target Completion Date: June 2012.

Zooplankton

  • Reconstruction of how a century of nutrient-enrichment of lakes has affected evolutionary changes in organisms, particular Daphnia pulex zooplankton.  Lead investigator: Punidan Jeyasingh ([email protected]).  Funded by the National Science Foundation (proj. #0924401).  Lakes investigated: Trout, Elk, Madison, Hill, South Center, Shaokotan.  Target completion date: June 2012.
  • Zooplankton diel vertical migration patterns in Minnesota lakes Lead Investigators: Jiethyl Piersak, Tyler Ahrenstorff ([email protected]), Dr. Tom Hrabik; University of Minnesota-Duluth, Funded by UMD's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Lakes investigated: Ten Mile. Report available upon request .

Hydrology and Limnology

  • Evaluation of sediment cores to reconstruct historical water quality conditions and correlation to major environmental events.  Lead Investigator: Dr. Mark Edlund ([email protected]); St. Croix Watershed Research Station Funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (proj. #067-B4). Lakes Investigated: Carlos, Cedar, Elk, South Twin, Trout, White Iron, Ten Mile. Target completion date: June 2012.
  • Classification of Selected Minnesota Lakes Using Deuterium and δ18O to Characterize Hydrologic Residence Time. All sentinel lakes will be investigated. Lead investigators: Lee Engel ([email protected]) and Dr. Joe Magner; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities).  Funded in part by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (proj. #067-B4).  Target Completion Date: December 2011.

Aquatic Plants

  • Curly-leaf pondweed trends and interrelationships with water quality: Lead Investigator: Steve Heiskary ([email protected]).  Funded in parts by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Game and Fish Fund, Federal Sportfish Restoration Act, and Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (proj. #067-B4).  Lakes Investigated: Belle, Carlos, Carrie, Cedar, Hill, Pearl, Peltier, Portage, South Center, St. James, St. Olaf. Target Completion Date: January 2011.