Student Project: Primary producer dominance and benthic phosphorus fluxes in Prospect Park lake (Branco Lab)

Prospect Park Lake receives significant phosphorus loading from it’s inflow, and during the summer, from benthic fluxes from the sediments. The dominance of different primary producer groups, including cyanobacteria, free floating duckweed, and the invasive primrose, impacts benthic fluxes by altering the physical and chemical environment. For this project, our BUEE student will improve our understanding of these interactions between primary producers and phosphorus cycling through field measurements. Students involved in this project gain experience in designing and executing field sampling programs as well as various water quality lab techniques common to aquatic sciences.