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Large Lakes Observatory Awarded NSF Grant

University of Minnesota Duluth's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) has been awarded $485,226 by the National Science Foundation's Major Research Infrastructure Program.

Several LLO faculty members submitted the proposal "Acquisition of Two Autonomous Moored Profilers for Lake Ecosystem Research" for funding. This innovative equipment will allow real-time observation of physical, biological, and chemical conditions in Lake Superior and other lakes around the world.

"This equipment grant is going to allow scientists at UMD to study lakes around the world in a fundamentally different way," said Jay Austin, an LLO associate professor. "It will provide first rate research and training opportunities. This grant helps to maintain the Large Lakes Observatory at the international forefront of lake research."

This is the tenth MRI grant (total of $3 million) received by LLO scientists since the establishment of LLO in 1994.

The faculty submission included Jay Austin, associate professor, Department of Physics; Robert Hecky, Professor, Department of Biology; Stephanie Guildford, associate professor, Department of Biology; Erik Brown, professor, Department of Geological Sciences; Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Josef Werne, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as collaborator Robert Sterner, UMTC.

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