Wisconsin Sea Grant’s water quality specialist is a member of a work group on oil transport in the Great Lakes area. Now, there’s a free webinar series on the topic. Oil moves to and through the Great Lakes Basin by truck, rail and pipeline. Though pipelines are the preferred and more heavily used mode of transportation, some have objected to their use and specific routes due to environmental concerns.
As if worrying about life-threatening rip currents, seiches, storm surges and rogue waves on the Great Lakes wasn’t enough, now Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers are learning more about yet another cause for concern: meteotsunamis.
The monthly River Talk continues in Duluth this month. On Wed. April 27, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.), Martha Minchak with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will present, “Radio Tower Bay to ‘Restoration Bay.’ ”
Two UW-Madison students have combined their concerns about plastic and passions for art into a public art and science event taking place on Friday, April 29, 5 p.m. at B62 Goodnight Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
UW-Madison freshmen Halle Lambeau and Stephanie Schimdt get a taste of research that might someday inform their careers.
Shelby LaBuhn grew up playing in the forests of Michigan’s rural “thumb.” Although she liked math more than science, when it came time to choose her undergraduate degree, her experience in nature tipped the scales. “The forest was my world,” LaBuhn said. “That got me interested in environmental sciences and wanting to protect that at an early age.”
The monthly River Talk series heads over to the Duluth side of the river this month. On Wed. Mar. 30, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.), Bryn Evans, a University of Wisconsin-Madison wildlife ecology graduate student, will present, “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera! Mammal Cams in the Estuary.”
Where lakes and water are concerned, J. Val Klump gets around. Klump, the newest addition to Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Advisory Council, has traveled the world researching large lakes, including Lake Baikal in Russia.
In a new research cycle, 19 projects will be supported across Wisconsin and to the benefit of the Great Lakes and coastal communities.
The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.). Nancy Schudlt, water projects coordinator with the Fond du Lac Band will present, “The Value of Nature’s Benefits in the St. Louis River Watershed.”