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.

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.

Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) profile

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