Office of Undergraduate Research

Size spectra and chemical characteristics of natural organic matter in Lake Michigan

Abundance, distribution, size spectra and chemical characteristics of natural dissolved organic matter will be examine using newly purchased state of the art analytical instrument, asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (FFF), coupled with selected online detectors such as UV absorbance, fluorescence, refractive index and multiple angel light scattering detectors, to better understand organic carbon dynamics at the river-lake interface and in Lake Michigan. See for more information.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Students will be trained to become familiar with the flow field-flow fractionation technique and other analytical instruments, and involved in other research projects in collaboration with other lab staff. Students will also be interacted with graduate students, postdoctoral investigators, visiting scientists and faculty members in the School of Freshwater Sciences, and will assist with other laboratory operation and research projects.