bootsma photoHarvey Bootsma Ph.D 


Dr. Harvey Bootsma conducts basic and applied research on the limnology of large lakes. His specific interests include nutrient dynamics, algal ecology, and ecosystem response to land use and climate change. This research is facilitated in part by the development of sensors and instruments that allow for continuous, in situ measurements of physical, chemical and biological properties. To date, this has included:

  • The deployment of monitoring buoys equipped with a variety of sensors for continuous monitoring of meteorological conditions and water quality variables, including dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, fluorescence, temperature, and conductivity. These buoys are usually equipped with telemetry systems to allow for near-real-time data collection.
  • The modification of water quality instruments for underwater use by SCUBA divers.
  • The development of an automated air/water CO2 monitoring system to measure lake-atmosphere CO2 exchange. The system has been deployed on buoys for continuous monitoring, and on ferries to determine spatial patterns within large lakes.

Dr. Bootsma’s research on the African Great Lakes has been used to guide management policy within the region, and his research on the North American Great Lakes has provided insight into the causes and consequences of nuisance algal blooms, and helped to define nutrient management goals.  For more information access the link below.