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  • Biological Field Station
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Organisms
  • Natural Resources
  • Fish

In April and August, scientists from the Cornell Biological Field Station board the US Environmental Protection Agency vessel the R/V Lake Guardian for a four week survey of all five Great Lakes. We collect samples for zooplankton and mysid shrimp to extend an important long term time series.

This year during a port stop on the Detroit River on August 9, Joseph Connolly helped lead tours of the laboratory within the vessel, even showing them examples of zooplankton under the microscope that we collect and analyze. Participants included the regional administrator of EPA Region 5 of Chicago and several congressional representatives.

Cornell Biological Field Station conducts research in fisheries and aquatic ecology in New York State with a focus on Oneida Lake, the Great Lakes and other NYS inland lakes, and supports the educational, outreach and extension programs of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and Cornell University.

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Steven Mana'oakamai Johnson wearing a yellow and white shirt standing with arms folded.


Academic focus: Ocean conservation and social-ecological systems. Research summary: I study the relationship between people and the ocean, ranging from Indigenous Pacific Islander communities traditionally managing coral reefs to geopolitical...
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Development Sociology
Digital render of a strand of DNA.


The genetic material that species shed into their environments can reveal the presence of the species and a broad range of information about the genetics of entire populations.

  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biodiversity