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Characterization of the Microplanktonic and Microbenthic Communities of Near-Shore Lake Erie

Because zebra mussels can colonize nearly any substrate, and the near-shore zones of Lake Erie are superficially similar, it is reasonable to question why zebra mussels have not heavily colonized Thompson Bay. Other inlets and bays in the area are heavily colonized by zebra mussels, and there is no real independence of any of these aquatic habitats. Numerous opportunities exist for the colonization of Thompson Bay, including waterfowl movement, fishing activities, and direct contact of this bay with other, heavily colonized, habitats. In an effort to understand why Thompson Bay is uniquely undercolonized by zebra mussels, I propose to characterize the structure and function of the microplanktonic and microbenthic communities of the near-shore areas surrounding Presque Isle State Park. Additionally, I will determine the concentrations of available phosphorus and nitrogen, as well as measure other physicochemical variables of the habitats.

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Joseph M. BalczonPrincipal Investigator
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Pennsylvania Sea Grant $ 4,450.00USDEstimates

Funding 2 projects for a total of $4,450.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
Annex Numbers
Control of Phosphorus
Research & Development
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

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