Quantifying Environmental and Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastline Instability at Point Pelee National Park (PPNP) and Peninsula

The focus of this project is to measure the historical and current rates of shoreline change around Point Pelee National Park (PPNP) and Peninsula. This information, combined with survey, climate, land use, and statistical data, will provide a better understanding on the primary causes, locations, and timings of significant shoreline change trends observed within the region.

Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Western Basin of Lake Erie

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the western basin of Lake Erie are detrimental to the ecosystem, reducing water quality and affecting drinking water for people in the region. Severe HABs in Lake Erie in the 1960s and 1970s resulted in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972. Since then, water quality has greatly improved; however in the 1990s, Lake Erie saw the blooms return. This has been attributed to factors such as zebra musselsÂ’ bio-transforming nutrients, climate change, shifts in the form of phosphorus and lake sediment as an internal loading source.

Watershed Modeling in Big Creek watershed

This internship is in partnership with the Canadian Water Network. The present effort is to train a graduate student intern on the studies related to assessment of water quantitiy regime of Big Creek watershed. The Big Creek watershed, with its drainage area over 7,000 hectares (17,000 acres) is one of the most important watersheds in the southern part of the Essex Region. Big Creek Marsh, consisting of approximately 900 hectares (2,500 acres), is a Provincially Significant Wetland that has a controlled outlet to Lake Erie.