Automated Ballast Treatment Verification Project
2012 - Present
The team will create an automated, shipboard, rapid-testing system that will be able report, in real time, the presence of any live organisms in ballast water following treatment.
Characterizing the Risk-Release Relationship for Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes
2011 - Present
This team will develop new scientific methods to estimate the risk of establishment of aquatic invasive species and will determine how the invasion risks vary with the numbers of invasive organisms released into the environment.
Eco-Separation of the Chicago Area Waterway System to Prevent Invasion of Asian Carp and Other Species
2010 - 2012
This team assembled stakeholders and technical experts to explore different plans to physically separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River via the Chicago Area Waterway System.
Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Fish and Mollusks
2009 - 2010
This team developed a first-of-its-kind international symposium that addressed the potential development of new biocontrol methods to remove invasive species, as well as the risks associated with such approaches.
Developing and Applying a Portable Real-Time Genetic Probe for Detecting Aquatic Invasive Species in Ships’ Ballast
2007 - 2011
This team is building a new, portable, real-time monitoring and analytical tool to help stop future species invasions in the Great Lakes, using genetic probes and microfluidics.
Ship-Mediated Harmful Microbes: Protecting the Great Lakes Ecosystem
2007 - 2011
This team created, tested and deployed new techniques to identify microorganisms that threaten the health and resilience of the Great Lakes basin.
Building a Framework to Advance Aquatic Nuisance Species Management of Organisms in Trade in the Great Lakes Region
2007 - 2009
In this planning grant, the team identified high risk activities and developed potential high-level options to minimize those risks in the aquarium and pet trade, nursery and water garden trade, the aquaculture industry and the bait industry.
Eco-Pro: An Intelligence System for Shipping to Protect the Ecosystem of the Great Lakes
2006 - 2009
This team created a prototype information system that integrates biological, commercial, and transportation information to generate detailed profiles of each vessel transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Risk Assessment and Management of Great Lakes Invasive Species
2006 - 2011
This team created methods to determine the relative invasion risk of vessels entering the Great Lakes, tests to determine ballast tank content, and methods to pinpoint the best places and strategies to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
St. Lawrence Seaway: Issues and Options, Phase II
2005 - 2008
This team identified—and presented to interested governmental bodies—options to prevent the introduction of invasive species through the St. Lawrence Seaway.