DFWI is a multidisciplinary environmental research center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute dedicated to understanding the structure and function of aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric systems. Our primary research focus is on the ecological consequences of environmental perturbations due to human activities in the Northeastern United States.
Jefferson Project at Lake George Kicks Off Scientific Study of Lake with High-Tech Survey
High Resolution Survey of Lake Bed and Surrounding Mountains to Begin Next Week
BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. -- October 30, 2013-- The Jefferson Project at Lake George is building one of the world's most sophisticated environmental monitoring and prediction systems, which will provide scientists and the community with a real-time picture of the health of the lake. Starting next week, scientists will use a combination of sophisticated aerial and boat-based surveying techniques to create a high-resolution contour map and images of the lakebed and surrounding mountains.
Residents and visitors at Lake George will see a combination of survey boats and aircraft collecting scientific data.
Rensselaer undergraduate biology student Nicole Nolan recently looked into the murky water of a fish tank here, checking on hundreds of zebra mussel larvae that she studied in the laboratories of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute.
Nolan was part of the first class of students to spend an entire “Semester of Study” at the Institute.
Her study of the infamous invasive species was part of a full semester of research and courses that included catching and measuring fish in some of the most inaccessible lakes in the Adirondacks, releasing young pheasants to the wild, and doing real work in the lab to provide researchers at the Institute with new information on how to control damaging invasives such as zebra mussels.