NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory - Lake Superior Hall
4840 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Presenter: Dr. Anika Kuczynski, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Christchurch, New Zealand
Title: Modeling the Canopy Effect in the Great Lakes Cladophora Model v3
About the speaker:
Dr. Anika Kuczynski is a water quality modeler at the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has experience in using and developing field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to inform river and lake management regarding nuisance algal growth. Anika’s background is in water quality modeling in the Laurentian Great Lakes and she is interested in mechanistic stream periphyton (attached algae) modeling and nutrient cycling. The focus of Dr. Kuczynski’s PhD (in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech) was mechanistic modeling of nuisance Cladophora (filamentous green alga) in the Great Lakes. At NIWA, Anika’s focus is on monitoring and modeling periphyton growth in streams, seeking to develop tools that can be applied by regional councils to work toward meeting national water quality standards. She currently leads a team in developing and testing methods using fixed and aerial (drone) red-green-blue and multispectral imagery to monitor stream periphyton cover and biomass. Clients and stakeholders who have received her work include the Northeast Ohio Region Sewer District, the Upstate Freshwater Institute, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Canada), the Town of Ajax (Canada), Mercury Ltd. (hydropower company, New Zealand), Environment Canterbury (regional council, New Zealand), and the Ministry of the Environment (New Zealand).