Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
UST student researcher Gabrielle Houle assisting Drs. Mark Edlund and Adam heathcote of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station with a newly collected lake core.
Humans have transformed the landscape and our influence extends to lakes and streams. Dr. Theissen and two UST geology students are working with collaborators at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Laboratory to collect and reconstruct histories of nutrient inputs and land use change here in several metro area lakes within the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District.
UST student researcher Sam Duncanson (left) extruding sediment from a lake core and UST student researcher Gabrielle Houle (right) selecting intervals to sample from a lake core.
The information is applied by watershed managers to best maintain water resources. This research is funded by the CLFLWD.UST Environmental Science faculty member Dr. Kevin Theissen and Dr. mark Edlund of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station using a mechanical saw to split lake cores at the University of Minnesota's LacCore facility.