Algae: a Great Lakes’ ancient mystery

Algae: a Great Lakes’ ancient mystery
August 2, 2017 Mary Ellen Geist
Photo courtesy of Christian Fischer via Wikimedia

From Great Lakes Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Geist: Today, Great Lakes Now begins posting the first in a series of short videos about the Great Lakes by filmmaker Aaron Martin.

Aaron is a producer and director who is dedicated to telling dramatic stories about how humans and the environment interact.

Aaron regularly produces segments on the ecology, blue economy and natural history of the Laurentian Great Lakes for Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau. Aaron also produced The Ethanol Effect, an hour-long documentary for national PBS examining the political and economic effects of producing fuel from corn, and was the producer/director of Beyond the Tap, a half-hour special on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan for PBS WORLD Channel, in addition to producing segments for the PBS NewsHourSciTech Now and Local USA on subjects ranging from a deadly disease affecting bats to underwater archaeology

In this video, Aaron interviews a scientist who’s trying to get some answers that could improve the quality of Great Lakes water.

Dr. Timothy Davis with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is an expert on a dangerous form of prehistoric life: Algae. In this segment from Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Now, Dr. Davis explains how he’s working to predict if and when an algal bloom will become toxic.

Next week, Great Lakes Now will feature a second video from Aaron about how a vernal pool is being used as a tool to educate kids about water.




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