Dr. Russell Cuhel is a Senior Scientist for the Center for the Great Lakes Studies at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. This video is centered on Dr. Cuhel’s study of invasive species and their effect on the phytoplankton population in Lake Michigan. It is important to understand the impact that non-native species like the quagga mussel have on the plankton availability to native fish species since phytoplankton are the base unit of the lake’s food web. His work illustrates the current conditions of the Lake Michigan ecosystem and provides baseline data for future comparisons.
– James Starzec