Dima Beletsky

Research Scientist


PhD, Russian Academy of Sciences (physical limnology, oceanography)

MS, Russian State Hydrometeorological University (Marine Engineering)

(734) 741-2360


Dima Beletsky, PhD, has been with the SEAS Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), a joint Institute between the University of Michigan and NOAA, since 1995. His research expertise lies in the hydrodynamics of lakes and coupling lake physics with biological processes. Since the beginning of his career in limnology in Russia, he has worked on hydrodynamics and climatology of several large lakes in Europe (Ladoga and Onega), North America (Lake Champlain, Lake St. Clair, Lakes Michigan, Erie, Ontario and Huron), and the Baltic Sea. 

  • Circulation and thermodynamics of the Great Lakes
  • Hydrodynamics of harmful algal blooms
  • Operational Lake Erie hypoxia forecasting
  • Microplastics transport in the Great Lakes
  • Forecasting spread of aquatic invasive species from multiple pathways to improve management and policy in the Great Lakes


Scientific Achievement Award, CILER, University of Michigan (2007).

Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (2006).

Best Scientific Paper Award, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (2004).

Chandler-Misener Award, International Association for Great Lakes Research (2008, 2015).

AGU Editor’s Highlight paper (2012).

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