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Local Paper Front Page News-Dr. Hans Paerl Talks About Hurricanes and Coastal Flooding



Carteret News-Times

It’s Blooming in Lake Erie

Our lab troops (Malcolm, Haley, Jeremy) are currently  conducting nutrient bioassays, determining which nutrients are responsible for the current toxic cyanobacterial bloom spreading through Lake Erie (see URL below). This is part of the NSF-NIH supported Oceans and Human Health Lake Erie Center, that we are part of.  Talk about good timing!!

Check out this news clip:

Lake Erie’s toxic algal bloom spreads, prompting warnings







The Second Trip to Lake Erie


Cracking open a cold one


The Green machine


Malcolm and Wei jin


More Cyanos

Bu the vampire


Cyano Swirls

Felix Evans Honor Thesis

For her honors thesis Felix prepares  a bioassay where she  hopes to determine a relationship between harmful algal bloom formation and changes to salinity in the Chowan River of coastal North Carolina, in light of climate change-driven changes to hydrologic event patterns.

Taking a Secchi measurement in the Chowan River to determine clarity

Mixing nutrient additions for the bioassay









Click the link below to see the effort Felix is putting into her bioassay; she works quickly

Felix Evans Bioassay Video


Dr. Hans Paerl Speaks to WITN’s Stacia Strong about Hurricanes and Climate Change


Dr. Paerl’s Interview

The “New Normal” rainfall associated with tropical cyclones striking the NC coast.

Coincidence or Environmental Impacts?



Press Release









What’s Happening in the Neuse!

Hi all,

I’m a little behind but here are the results from the last Neuse run on 9 July. It’s crazy how things have changed since spring when the estuary was basically a river. Salinities in the bottom waters of the lower estuary are as high as I remember seeing. The only other time that bottom waters at 180 have been this high was on 5 Oct 2002. Neuse river flows do not indicate that we are in as significant of a drought as in 2002. So, I think something on the ocean-side of the estuary might be playing a role in the high salinities and plan to see what our physical oceanographers think. The estuary was strongly stratified from New Bern to the mouth. Bottom waters were anoxic along much of the transect as evidenced by a strong sulfide smell. The crew will be out again next week.



Blooms in the Albemarle

Resurgent algal blooms in Chowan River, Edenton Bay, Albemarle Sound and Little River. Read the article by Emily Davis in the NC Health News  featuring Dr. Hans Paerl and Dr. Nathan Hall   below


Uncharted Waters Ahead for Albemarle’s Returning Algae Blooms

More Lake Erie Project Photos!

Lake Erie Research










Greetings from Gibraltar Island, Ohio State Univ. Lab, out in Lake Erie, where we’re getting our first bioassay set up with Maumee Bay and Sandusky Bay water… Great weather here after a set of T-storms came through last nite.  Hopefully good weather this week.

Cheers, Karen, Haley, Malcolm and Hans

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