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.
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Kiyoko Yokota, Ph.D., CLM (Certified Lake Manager, North American Lake Management Society)
Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; thesis title: Kairomone-induced colony formation in freshwater phytoplankton: algal population dynamics and physiological cost of coloniality
BS Biology with ecology emphasis, environmental studies minor, Saint Cloud State University
Associate Professor of Biology and Biological Field Station (BFS) Researcher, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta
Email: Kiyoko.Yokota "at" oneonta.edu
112 Science 1 Building, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York 13820, USA
SUNY Oneonta Biological Field station (BFS):
5838 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York 13326, USA
Colleen Parker, MS Biology, Dec. 2017; thesis title: Mercury models for fishes in the Catskill Region; 2015 BFS report (undergrad research on Goodyear Lake fish mercury)
Claire Garfield: BFS report: 2015 on Otsego Lake phytoplankton, 2017 in press
Ed Kwietniewski: Yokota et al. (2017) on microplastics
Marissa Mehlrose: 2016 BFS report on chlorophyll a extraction
Britney Wells: Yokota et al. (2017) on microplastics
David Snyder: 2015 BFS report on Goodyear Lake fish mercury
N and P limitation studies with coordinated mesocosm experiments organized by Northeast GLEON (NEGLEON), a grass-roots local group of GLEONites in Eastern Canada and Northeastern US.
Hastings, Davidson, Kwietniewski, Wells
The BFS Volunteer Dive Team has been instrumental in deployment and maintenanice of the Otsego Lake data buoys. Paul H. Lord (Dive Master), advanced divers and tenders from the community, and graduates and current students from BIOL 258 (Underwater Research Methods) make the buoy project possible.
International travel courses, COIL (collaborative online international learning), sustainability, interdisciplinary learning, Professional Science Master (PSM)
Fall 2018 & Winter 2019: study abroad course to Ogasawara Islands, Japan (flyer; PowerPoint slides with links to student videos from 2016-7 trip; draft syllabi for BIOL 294 (campus component, Fall 2018); BIOL 271 (travel component, Winter intersession 2019)
Exchange program w/ Tokyo Metropolitan Univ (Biology students from SUNY Oneonta can enroll in upper level biology courses taught in English)
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