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Michael is currently the Lab Technician in the Lamberti Lab, and since October 2000 has been helping our lab’s undergraduate researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral students in diverse topics of Stream Ecology.
While most of my time in the lab is spent running samples, assisting with experiments, or trying to keep the lab running smoothly (*cough* dishes!), I’m also able to venture to the field semi-frequently
An annual event is our sampling of the fish community in Juday Creek, a nearby stream where a large restoration project was completed in 1997. A former lab member’s M.S. focused on the restoration’s immediate impacts on the greener & fishier stream denizens, while other departmental colleagues studied the impact on the stream’s benthic macroninvertebrates. The large dataset presented in the summary paper about this project went from 1997-2002, and our lab has been continuing to collect data ever since.
I gladly came along on a trip to Northwestern Wisconsin, assisting Patrick Shirey on gathering historical photographs and site information along the Namekagon (pronounced: NAM-uh-KAH-gun) River. This beautiful tributary is a part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and is the focus of a historical fish survey Patrick is compiling for the NPS & WiDNR. I don’t think I’ve ever been to so many small town county libraries & museums, but I certainly can better appreciate their invaluable assistance to researchers trying to find answers about pre-European ecosystems. An added bonus is that the river is a great canoeing experience, full of beautiful wildlife (even if they are just vultures essentially = an appropriate national symbol?), an impressive fish community, and my new 2nd favorite bird. Sorry buddy, working wings win.
I also was fortunate enough to travel to a smattering of sites throughout the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan (if that makes any sense!), a cluster in the U.P. itself, and even into Ontario, CAN on a recent collection trip by David Janetski. Taking water samples, macroinvertebrates, and fish (for tissue analysis) was a lot of fun, but the cold weather (it was December after all, with freezing temperatures) made collecting safely a concern (lab snowmobile, anyone?). Dave’s project is examining the role of introduced Pacific salmonid species in the Great Lakes, and the likelihood of carcass deposition transporting contaminants into streams and tributaries. In the Pacific Northwest, the carcass deposition of returning salmonid spawners is an important nutrient subsidy for the low-light, nutrient-poor systems found in their native range. So perhaps in-tissue contaminants could follow a similar pathway, mucking up Michigan’s streams in the process.
Electro-shocking Juday Creek
Stale Action Shots:
Publications (aka shameless self-promotion*):
Kulacki, K.J., D.T. Chaloner, D.M. Costello, K.M. Docherty, J.H. Larson, R.J. Bernot, M.A. Brueseke, C.F. Kulpa Jr., and G.A. Lamberti. 2007. Aquatic toxicity and biodegradation of ionic liquids: A synthesis. Chimica Oggi-Chemistry Today 25(6 suppl.):32-36. Cited by: 2
Bernot, R.J., M.A. Brueseke, M.A. Evans-White, and G.A. Lamberti. 2005. Acute and chronic toxicity of imidazolium-based ionic liquids on Daphnia magna. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24:87-92. Cited by: 72
Brueseke, M.A., A.L. Rypstra, S.E. Walker & M.H. Persons. 2001. Leg autotomy in the wolf spider Pardosa milvina: a common phenomenon with few apparent costs. American Midland Naturalist 146:153-160. Cited by: 17
*Note: For a long time now, I thought it would be more instructive to list the papers I directly helped or am acknowledged on. We’ll see if I ever get around to that, eh?
Please feel free to contact Mike with any questions: