Current Research Projects

New viability-based control method and early detection tools for invasive European Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) in New York State

PI: Dr. Shane Rogers
Study Area: Hudson River near Beacon

Using aerial and underwater photography, Prof. Shane Rogers is establishing growth rates, nutrient uptake dynamics and the life cycle of chestnuts. He is conducting experiments to stabilize chestnut seeds via Clarkson's anaerobic digester. The goal is to make recommendations for the timely removal and effective management of invasive chestnuts to support recreation and restoration of ecology. 

Engaging Communities to Advance Hydrologic Science (HydroComm)

PI: Dr. Tyler Smith
Co-PI: Dr. Ben Galuzzo
Co-Investigators: Dr. Seema Rivera, Asher Pacht
Study Areas: North Country, Capital Region, Lower Hudson Valley

A team of faculty and staff from across Clarkson's campuses is "groundtruthing" hyrologic models by developing community engagement in hydrologic science through a strategy of citizen science and participatory modeling which has been shown to enhance scientific impact. The goal is to improve hydrologic models and motivate STEM education through community engagement across the Clarkson University footprint. 

Experimental investigation of CO2-induced acidification on the physiological performance of the invasive mystery snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis) from northern New York

PI: Dr. Andrew David
Study Areas: Raquette River and Fishkill Creek

Clarkson Prof. Andrew David is studying the effects of future climate change scenarios on the health of representative specimens of the invasive Asian mystery snail and comparing it with native species from New York State waterways. The goal is to predict specific climate change impacts on stream ecology, to identify management strategies for invasive snails and to make recommendations for sustaining native snail ecology and population.