Develop a broader understanding of the bacterial diversity in nearshore areas of the St. Lawrence River and the understand the influence of anthropogenic inputs.
For this project we will better understand the health of the St Lawrence River through the lens of bacterial diversity. The ability of natural waterways to process anthropogenic inputs is dependant on the bacterial health of the ecosystem. This study will help to characterise the bacterial community and allow us to better understand the processes related to carbon cycling. Through bacterial diversity assessments (including source tracking for E. Coli in particular) for 2021-2022 through this project, combined with previously collected samples 2017-2020 along the full length of the St Lawrence River, this research will contribute to the development of an ecological indicator for the river.