An Investigation of Microplastics as a Carrier for Perfluorinated Compounds into Great Lakes Food Webs
This project aims to investigate the potential role of marine plastic debris as a vector for Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAS). Specific research questions are:
- To what extent do three common plastic types found in the environment act as a sink for select PFASs in Muskegon Lake?
- How important is the residence time of the materials present in these water bodies concerning the extent of PFAS accumulation?
The objectives of this study are to:
- Study the sources and contamination levels of enteric bacteria and viruses in Burns Ditch, one of the most polluted streams that flow into Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana.
- Determine the impact of the pollution of Burns Ditch on the microbial quality of lake front water off West Beach, located three kilometers west of the water outfall.
- Use a molecular approach to detect viruses in stream and lake waters.
- Use a computer-based image analysis system to determine the quantity of viruses in water samples.
Combining societal acceptance and biophysical drivers of conservation practices to improve water quality in multi-use landscapes
Development of a comparative toxicity database for the U.S. EPA priority drinking water disinfection by-products
- To test the hypothesis that human and animal E. coli strains are distinguishable
- To screen and select appropriate primers
- To build a small RAPD (random amplied polymorphic DNA) fingerprint database for E. coli from human and nonhuman sources
- To identify landmark DNA patterns
- To determine the sensitivity and applicability of this technology
Environmental trade-offs in water quality and climate regulation resulting from floodplain restoration using the two-stage ditch
- Aquaculture funding opportunities available
- IISG expands funding on ‘Persistent Organic Pollutants on Microplastics’ research
- IISG will fund Lake Michigan research: Submit your preproposal
- Sea Grant quagga mussel research leads to NSF funding
- Funding available for projects addressing key Great Lakes issues