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Graduating seniors in Lake Superior State University's Dept. of Biology presented the results of their research projects during a Fall 2011 Senior Research Symposium

Dustin Arsnoe
Dustin Arsnoe, a senior fisheries and wildlife student, eyes a batch of eggs he harvested from an Atlantic salmon at LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory. Each year staff and students harvest around 65,000 eggs from salmon returning to the St. Mary's riverfront lab in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Lab will rear this year's eggs and release about 25,000 yearling Atlantics in June 2009, something it has been doing since 1977.

Megan Keway
Sault High School student Megan Keway, left, eyes a sediment sample from Ashmun Bay with Professor Ashley Moerke of LSSU’s Aquatic Research Laboratory. Keway was helping Moerke’s research team collect samples that are important to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study of the ‘health’ of the St. Mary’s River. LSSU’s School of Biological Science and Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science is involved in the three-year, $715,000 project. Moerke is Keway’s mentor, thanks to a scholarship from the American Fisheries Society.

Lake Superior State University biology student Jen Johnson, left, and Andy Selle of Inter-Fluve, Inc., use buckets to better see freshwater mussels, as LSSU student Kate Harriger holds a water flow meter. The Michigan DNR, Lake Superior State, and InterFluve are all collaborating on freshwater mussel surveys in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR)


Adam Nanninga, from Bowling Green, Ohio (left) and Sarah Gobler of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
In this 2001 file photo student workers Adam Nanninga, from Bowling Green, Ohio (left) and Sarah Gobler of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., haul in a 50-pound sturgeon from the St. Mary’s river for measurement and tagging. Looking on from the right is Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Lab Manager Roger Greil. LSSU’s sixth season of lake sturgeon research includes tracking the fish with sonic transponders. To view streaming video of a sturgeon run, click here.

Lake Superior State University student Chris Olds monitors trays that contain thousands of lake trout eggs at the Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery, located on Lake Superior's south shore about 25 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Olds, a senior in fisheries wildlife management from Elmira, Mich., works for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its Student Career Experience Program. (LSSU student photographer Jade Olds)

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Student Research...

Suttons Bay, Michigan

Nick conducted a fish population survey in the rapids of the St. Mary's river, just east of the International Bridge that connects the US and Canada. He determined fish timing and their use of the rapids by collecting samples throughout the summer and fall of 2009, using a screw trap on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Steimel found that many different species are not only in the rapids, but spawn there as well. His research helps determine the diversity of fish as well when their use of spawning habitat is at its highest in that section of the river.

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