University of Michigan scientists will participate in the 67th annual International Association for Great Lakes Research conference. The event, hosted by the University of Windsor, will take place from May 20-24 as a hybrid conference. It will include over 700 researchers, nearly 50 scientific sessions, and more than 600 presentations and posters. The theme is “Shared Lakes: One Water, One Health.” Researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), the School for Environment and Sustainability, the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will represent the University of Michigan and lead various presentations. One presentation will be led by Michigan EARTH Professor and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, Gregory Dick.

The presentation by Professor Dick will discuss the GLERL/CIGLR Omics Program, which focuses on employing advanced omics technologies, like genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, to study biological elements of the Great Lakes. These technologies are employed to investigate issues such as harmful algal blooms (HABs), microbial communities, invasive species, and the broader impact of climate change, pollution, and other environmental changes on the food web. The program is also dedicated to training new scientists, improving data analysis and sharing capabilities, creating and integrating omics datasets, and conducting experiments to connect omics data to biological characteristics. The findings underscore the potential of omics to identify and profile emerging HAB toxins, discern the producers of these toxins, offer early warnings for HABs, understand the ecological dynamics controlling HABs, and monitor invasive species and the dispersion of larval fish.

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