MAISRC launches graduate research fellowship in zebra mussel control
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the new zebra mussel graduate research fellowship: Angelique Dahlberg! This fellowship was made possible with support from the Fletcher Family Foundation, Pelican Lakes Association of Crow Wing County, and Bay Lake Improvement Association.
Dahlberg is working toward her PhD in Conservation Sciences and will be partnering with Jim Luoma and the U.S. Geological Survey to research methods to suppress zebra mussel populations using copper in Minnesota lakes. The project will also evaluate the impacts of copper on nontarget species, such as native zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, fish, and mussels. Learn more about this project here.
Prior to joining MAISRC, Dahlberg received an M.S. in Integrated BioSciences from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a B.S. in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spent five years working for regional nonprofits to manage and mitigate the impacts of invasive species and has also served as Chair of the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council.
Research efforts for the prevention, detection, and control of zebra mussels remain high priorities for MAISRC and the focus of several ongoing projects. Lab trials and smaller-scale field work have shown promise with using copper treatments to control zebra mussels. Learn about all of our zebra mussel research on our website.