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Cornell Boat on Oneida Lake

Cornell Boat on Oneida Lake

2019 Intern Emily banding Tern chick

2019 Intern Emily banding Tern chick

Interns Stephanie and Emily processing samples

Interns Stephanie and Emily processing samples

Tern count on Little Island

Tern count on Little Island

Interns Omisha And Ria processing sediment samples

Interns Omisha And Ria processing sediment samples

Darkened Room Research

Darkened Room Research

Shackelton Point Boats

Boats docked


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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Barcoding Workshop held at Shackelton Point

Jul 9, 2020

At the end of February 2020, scientists as well as EPA representatives managing or participating in the GLRI Barcoding Initiative project gathered at Cornell Biological Field Station to share updates with the group. 

The fisheries and limnology of Oneida Lake 2019

May 7, 2020

Oneida Lake is New York State’s 3rd most heavily fished lake. Walleye have historically received the majority of targeted effort, with black bass increasing in importance in recent years. Long-term monitoring of the fisheries and limnology of Oneida Lake has captured a series of changes in recent decades that have resulted in pronounced changes in the lake’s physical and biological characteristics, including reductions in nutrient inputs resulting from the Great Lakes Basin water quality agreements;  establishment of invasive dreissenid mussels resulting in increases in water clarity; increases in summer water temperatures and decreases in duration of ice cover; establishment of a breeding population of double-crested cormorants; and increases in populations of white perch and gizzard shad. 

Anna Poslednik

Recent Cornell Biological Field Station intern Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Apr 15, 2020

Congratulations to recent Cornell Biological Field Station intern Anna Poslednik ’21 in receiving the Goldwater Scholarship.  The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards available to sophomores and juniors across U.S. colleges who show exceptional promise in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering.
As one of the selected 396 recipients from approximately 5,000 nominees, she will receive up to $7,500 to cover expenses like tuition, books and room and board for her senior year. As part of the selection process, colleges nominate up to four students who intend to pursue a career in research and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Anna first started her research at her summer 2019 internship guided by Postdoc Tom Evans and Senior Research Associate Randy Jackson. The following is an excerpt taken from the Cornell Daily Sun.

What We Don't Know (About Lakes) Could Hurt Us

Mar 6, 2020

As the power of extreme weather events increase with climate change, a team of scientists warn that lakes around the world may dramatically change, threatening ecosystem health and water quality.

The Spiny Water Flea, Bythotrephes Longimanus

Sep 23, 2019

The spiny water flea, Bythotrephes longimanus, a predatory zooplankton species native to lakes in Europe, has been found for the first time in Oneida Lake this week.  

Comparison of Great Lakes Zooplankton Communities/Great Lakes restoration Initiative

Jul 26, 2019

(July 25, 2019) A new paper published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, authored by U.S. EPA contract scientists Rick Barbiero and Barry Lesht and Cornell University researchers Lars Rudstam and Jim Watkins, offers an unprecedented look at zooplankton communities across the Great Lakes during a period of great change in the lakes.

Record Sturgeon

Recent Sturgeon Catch May Be the Largest Fish Ever Recorded From Oneida Lake

Jun 19, 2019

Last week, researchers at the Cornell University Biological Field Station may have set a new mark 
for the largest fish ever recorded from Oneida Lake. A netting survey for lake sturgeon resulted in 
the tagging and release of a 139 pound sturgeon, the largest sturgeon handled since the sturgeon 
netting survey began 17 years ago in 2002, and possibly the largest fish ever documented in Oneida Lake.

2018 interns

2018 Annual Report

Dec 20, 2018

Another great year at Cornell University Biological Field Station.