Lake George
Darrin Fresh Water Institute,
5060 Lake Shore Drive
Bolton Landing, NY 12814

(518) 644-3541
Fax (518) 644-3640

Visiting Researcher

Dr. Jim Sutherland

Research Scientist

Jim Sutherland is a visiting research scientist with the Darrin Fresh Water Institute located on Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York.  He holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Limnology from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD in aquatic ecology and physiology from The State University of New York at Albany.  His research interests include the effects of cultural eutrophication, non-point source pollution and acid deposition on water bodies, and the restoration and protection of aquatic ecosystems.     

Jim was a staff scientist employed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, from 1980 until 2005, when he retired and re-located to Nantucket, Massachusetts.  He began his collaboration with the DFWI in 1987, following the discovery of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Lake George, when he and DFWI scientists conducted a multi-year, lake-wide investigation on the impact and control of this nuisance aquatic plant species.  Jim is past-President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, has been Treasurer of the Society for 9 of the past 11 years, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Lake George Waterkeeper.  In 2013, Jim concluded work on the NYSERDA Aquatic Biota Study, a continuation of the Adirondack Effects Assessment Program, which was initiated in 1994 and funded by US EPA to evaluate the effectiveness of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.   

Prior to retiring from State service in 2005, Jim was responsible for writing the proposal and organizing the committee that received permission to re-introduce Horn Lake heritage strain brook trout to Brooktrout Lake.  Having conducted water quality sampling on Brooktrout Lake for 21 of his 25 years with the NYS DEC, Jim had seen remarkable changes in the water quality of the Lake, as evidenced by a dramatic decline in mid-summer transparency (14-16 meters during early 1980’s to 3-5 meters during early 2000’s), a dramatic increase in pH (>1.5 pH units), and changes in the phytoplankton and zooplankton communities (increased assemblage, species diversity and changes in dominant species).  The Brooktrout Lake Project continues to be an important component of DFWI research and the work was recently published in Environmental Science and Technology.

Contact Information:

James W. Sutherland
P.O. Box 2641
#71 West Chester Street
Nantucket, MA 02584
Ph (508) 325-5220
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