David Lutz

Irving Energy Institute Funds Projects for Profs Sneddon and Lutz

The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society has awarded its inaugural round of one-year seed grants to nine energy-related projects proposed by faculty and students. Topics range from the transformation of energy systems in New Hampshire and Greenland to novel technologies that enable more efficient motors.

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Dave Lutz and Team Study Cyanobacteria Blooms

A team of researchers lead by Research Assitant Professor Dave Lutz is sampling lakes across the Northeast this week as part of efforts to better understand what’s causing cyanobacteria blooms.

The blooms have become common in other parts of the country, including the Midwest, and are starting to pop up locally in New Hampshire and surrounding states. Scientists are unsure what’s driving the change.

The effort this week is something of a lake-sampling marathon. Researchers are rushing to collect data on a long list of lakes just as a satellite passes overhead. The goal is to then match up the information they collect on the ground with images from the sky.

“The reason that’s important is because, in a region like ours with so many lakes, you can’t have people out there all the time and measuring,” said Lutz.

Researchers to Study Toxic Algae Blooms in N.H. Lakes

It’s now common for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to issue advisories each summer, warning swimmers of bacterial blooms along Northeastern beaches.

Cyanobacteria, which is also known as blue-green algae, has become prevalent throughout the Northeast. Now researchers from Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies are collaborating with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association to find out why.

David Lutz, a research associate at Dartmouth, is leading the team. He spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley by phone.

Listen to the NHPR Morning Edition conversation here.