Cyanobacteria Impacts on Invertebrates and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Great Lakes

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Ohio , Michigan

Treatment Type: N/A

Treatment Method Used: N/A

This project explores ecological modelling in Lake Erie and the impact of harmful algal blooms on dreissenid mussels and other invertebrates. Animal mass was monitored under the influence of cyanobacteria toxins. Correlations between zebra mussels, secondary production, and nutrients were explored in the model.


Larson, J.H., Richardson, W.B., Evans, M.A., Schaeffer, J., Wynne, T., Bartsch, M., Bartsch, L., Nelson, J.C. and Vallazza, J., 2016. Measuring spatial variation in secondary production and food quality using a common consumer approach in Lake Erie. Ecological applications, 26(3), pp.873-885.

Partner Agencies: 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Heidelberg University


James Larson, U.S. Geological Survey

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