We study lakes, reservoirs and ponds at various spacial and temporal scales (e.g., lab microcosms to regional and global analysis of multiple water bodies) with specific interest in phytoplankton dynamics (including harmful algal blooms or HABs), biogeochemical cycling (nutrient cycling) and foodweb structure in our changing environment. We aim to apply our data and results to sustainable management of lakes and reservoirs at the global scale. Our activities are split between the main campus of SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station (BFS) in Cooperstown.

Our high-frequency (every 15 minutes 24/7) data collection effort on Otsego Lake started in 2016 with temperature and light loggers ("pendants"). With funding from the National Science Foundation, we acquired and deployed an automated lake monitoring buoy on Otsego Lake in Otsego County, NY in summer 2017.  During open water season this buoy collects 46 weather and water quality parameters every 15 minutes, down to the depth of 48 meters. The data are transmitted to a data center via mobile phone signal.

Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site profile

The automated buoy is moved to a lakeshore during winter months to avoid damage by shifting ice, and aside from downtime for annual maintenance, weather data are still collected and transmitted every 15 minutes, 24/7.

Our data buoy was re-deployed on 7-9 April 2023 with SCUBA assistance from the BFS Volunteer Dive Team and logistical support from Otsego Lake Association. It took 3 days of hard work to do this with three small boats as the 37' barge (Anodontoides) of SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station was taken out of water in early Fall 2021 remains out of water as its new 90 HP outboard motor remains on backorder. If you are enjoying the real-time Otsego Lake data applet below, please consider supporting the operation and maintenance of the buoy for the 2023 season and beyond through Otsego Lake Association, Cooperstown, NY. Due to the recent buoy system upgrade, starting in 2024, Yokota Lab will need to maintain a $1500/year data subscription to keep this buoy data applet available to the public, and we are looking for funding sources.      

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