Water Researcher Wednesday: Dr. Harvey Bootsma

Dr. Harvey Bootsma is an Associate Professor with the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. Dr. Bootsma’s research studies the role of quagga mussels in nutrient and energy cycling in Lake Michigan. His research specifically seeks to determine whether mussels are responsible for the decreasing levels of plankton. He also studies the role of large lakes in the production and absorption of carbon dioxide, using specially-designed sensors to measure the CO2 in the air and water. To facilitate collection of data, one of these sensors is mounted on the Lake Express car ferry.

– James Starzec

Water Docs: Dr. Harvey Bootsma


About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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