|Research at WATER|
Aquatic ecology is the study of the functional relationships and productivity of organisms and communities of waters as regulated by the complex interactions of their physical, chemical, and biotic environment. Research at the WATER Institute focuses on limnology, which encompasses all inland aquatic environments, including streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands.
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Biogeochemistry is the study of biological controls on the chemistry of the environment and geochemical regulation of ecological structure and function. This research includes improving the understanding of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that influence the composition of the natural environment (including the biosphere, the hydrosphere, the pedosphere, the atmosphere, and the lithosphere), and the cycles of matter and energy that transport the Earth's chemical components in time and space.
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|Aquaculture & Fisheries
The WATER Institute's Aquaculture reseearch is concerned primarily with the development of practical rearing techniques for, and the domestication of, suitable regional fish species. Our goal is to support the development and growth of the regional Aquaculture industry for commercial food production, as well as fish propagation in support of conservation and fisheries management efforts.
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The Aquatic Technology group is dedicated to improving scientific understanding of aquatic biology, chemistry, and geology through the selective application of technology. Through collaborations with engineers, the group develops new tools, systems and approaches for studying and exploring different aquatic ecosystems. Aquatic technology research at the Great Lakes WATER Institute includes development of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), remote sensing, wireless buoy networks, and underwater robotics.
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|Environmental Genomics & Genetics
The Environmental Genomics and Genetics group comprises scientists with a common interest in the application of genetic and genomic technologies to environmental issues, in the discovery of genes controlling important traits, and in the investigation of the genome-environment interactions that influence physiology.
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The Environmental Health group is involved in interdisciplinary research whose purpose is to investigate the aggregate impact of natural and man-made influences on the health of aquatic systems, including the Great Lakes, and the humans that depend upon them. Our research findings have the potential to influence policy as they relate to assessing, correcting, controlling, or preventing those factors in the environment that can potentially affect adversely health and disease.
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