Deidre Peroff: New Wisconsin Sea Grant Social Scientist

Wisconsin Sea Grant’s former (and first) social scientist, Jane Harrison, departed to work for North Carolina Sea Grant a few months ago. In a trade-off by chance, the program’s new social scientist, Deidre Peroff, is coming to Wisconsin Sea Grant from North Carolina

Clough Island and Hudson Bay Trip Featured in Next Two River Talks

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed. Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille. Molly Wick with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present, “Next Stop, Clough Island: A Story of Conservation and Restoration in the Heart of the St. Louis River Estuary.”

A special bonus River Talk that features a different river than usual will be held on Wed. Feb 3, 7 p.m. in the Erlenbach Lecture Hall, first floor of Swenson Hall, University of Wisconsin Superior. Adventurer Natalie Warren will present, “Hudson Bay Bound.”

New “Fingerprinting” Tool Determines Great Lakes Mercury Sources

Wisconsin Sea Grant Director James Hurley was part of a team of researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison who have developed a technique to distinguish where mercury comes from in the Great Lakes. The chemical “fingerprinting” technique can also be applied elsewhere.

Milwaukee Waterways are a “Hotspot” for Antibiotic Resistance

Water and sediment in the three rivers that converge in Milwaukee, Wis., and the city harbor contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria in greater amounts than in bacteria isolated from the city’s hospitals, a Wisconsin Sea Grant researcher and her colleagues have found. The researchers are concerned these environmental “hotspots” for drug-resistant bacteria could harm human health by increasing the incidence of bacterial resistance in medical centers, and they urge people not to use antimicrobial products in their homes.

River Talk Sponsors Tell Their Stories

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.) Erika Washburn, director of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve; Jen Hauxwell, assistant director for research and student engagement for Wisconsin Sea Grant; and Jesse Schomberg, interim co-director of Minnesota Sea Grant will present, “The Story Behind the River Talk Sponsors: What the Heck is a National Estuarine Research Reserve and a Sea Grant?”