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For more than 60 years, the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton Point has addressed issues of changing ecosystems within the lakes of New York State and beyond. We continue to collaborate with groups to explore the effects of invasive species and climate change, and the effects on aquatic ecosystems. 

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Great Lakes Research Focuses On Fisheries, Algal Blooms

Fish in stream
Jun 22, 2016
The Great Lakes Research Consortium has awarded $44,819.00 for research projects that will investigate vitamin B deficiency in Lake Ontario fish, analyze a dataset on harmful algal blooms in nearly 200 lakes in New York State, and test DNA-based barcoding as a way to more accurately analyze the Great Lakes food web. Read more

syracuse.com: Oneida Lake bass thriving despite end of pre-season fishing ban

May 1, 2016
Cicero, N.Y. – So, what's the state of the smallmouth and largemouth bass populations in Oneida Lake?
"The smallmouth bass population in the lake is in great shape," said Randy Jackson, senior research assistant and associate director at the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton Point on the lake. "Last year, we had the second highest recruitment (the number of fish that make it through the first year) we've ever observed. They're healthy and happy. As for the largemouths all the indications are that they are doing as well as the smallies." Read more

Here's the Catch

Lars Rudstam on a boat
Apr 7, 2016
An article written for the periodiCALS highlights the work of Lars Rudstam, director of the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton, and a professor of Natural Resources, as he and his colleagues have been tracking a series of changes in freshwater lakes. Read more