LLO Science on Deck

The scientists and staff of University of Minnesota Duluth's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) invite the community to board and tour the Blue Heron research vessel on Friday, July 19, in the Twin Ports Harbor near the Great Lakes Aquarium at 353 Harbor Dr.

The LLO Science on Deck event is free and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to hear a presentation (3 p.m.) from an expert, ask questions, learn about the lakes, and interact with scientists, crew, and graduate students working on fresh water research.

At 3 p.m. Katie Schreiner will talk about "Microplastics in Lake Superior: Their source and fate." She is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and researcher at LLO. Her studies consist of organic geochemistry, especially the sources, transport, and fate of organic carbon in coastal aquatic systems.

The Blue Heron is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and is chartered by research scientists to explore any of the Great Lakes. The tours are offered on a monthly basis during the sailing season. LLO started hosting the LLO Science on Deck program in the spring of 2013.

Located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth, LLO is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. They focus on the global implications of investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circular dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology, and paleoclimatology.

For questions or to confirm group attendance: Lisa, sundb103@d.umn.edu.

Large Lakes Observatory website: www.d.umn.edu/llo.

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