Effects of environmental factors on microbial communities in Lake Michigan beaches

Danielle Cloutier (with Elizabeth Alm and Sandra McLellan) recently published a manuscript on microbial communities in Lake Michigan beaches. In this work, “Influence of Land Use, Nutrients, and Geography on Microbial Communities and Fecal Indicator Abundance at Lake Michigan Beaches,” they compared beaches on both sides of Lake Michigan (WI and MI) and explored changes in FIB (fecal indicator… Read More Effects of environmental factors on microbial communities in Lake Michigan beaches

Do urban impacts drive the microbial populations in the estuaries of Lake Michigan?

Urbanization alters watershed ecosystem functioning through the movement, magnitude, and content of surface water runoff. However, there is still much to be learned about the relationship between aquatic microbial communities and urbanization. For example: What are the microbial biodiversity patterns associated with urban areas? and do urbanized waterways promote the maintenance of organisms that impact human health or well-being?… Read More Do urban impacts drive the microbial populations in the estuaries of Lake Michigan?

Urban microbial ecology in Milwaukee, WI

Our latest paper was just published in Elementa, an open access journal that focuses on multiple aspects of the environment that are altered or impacted by human activities. In this paper, we investigate the transport of bacteria associated with urban infrastructure (stormwater and sewer pipes) and urban soils into Lake Michigan. We used Illumina HiSeq sequencing to examine… Read More Urban microbial ecology in Milwaukee, WI