The Oregon Lakes Association as part of its scholarship and outreach commitment offers an annual $1000 academic scholarship, plus up to $200 travel expenses to OLA's annual conference. Interested applicants should be enrolled (or will be enrolled by the time the award is accepted) in an Oregon college or university graduate program in a field related to the study of Oregon lakes, ponds or reservoirs and their watersheds. An applicant may also be enrolled in a graduate college or university graduate program outside of Oregon if the study project will involve Oregon lakes, ponds or reservoirs. Download the full scholarship announcement for 2016!
Congratulations to our 2015 winner, Sarah H. Burnet, University of Idaho.
Sarah received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009 in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry from the Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Her supervisor was Dr. Leo Bodensteiner.
After receiving her B.Sc. Sarah had experience as a Research Technician at the Cornell Biological Field Station, Great Lakes National Program Office in Bridgeport, NY plus field work as an Environmental Scientist with Dade Moeller and Associates working on a Gulf Coast Project during the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Baton Rouge, LA. Sarah is currently working on her Masters of Science in the Department of Fish and Wildlife, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Her research topic is on "The influence of internal loading on phosphorus mass balance of Willow Creek Reservoir (WCR), OR". Her supervisor is Dr. Frank Wilhelm. A summary of her project involves:
• Measure profiles of oxygen and phosphorus concentrations seasonally at WCR to determine internal loading in the reservoir and estimate whole-lake rates.
• Quantify the release of P from sediments at different sites in the reservoir under anoxic conditions using sediment cores to i) corroborate rates from the field study and ii) examine if any spatial differences exist, as this is important for models to predict anoxia and internal loading.
Sarah describes her work as important because WCR is plagued by Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) annually which result in no contact advisories. Because WCR is the only water body available for recreational use within a 60 mile radius it negatively impacts the local community. To formulate a remediation strategy requires that all components of the P cycle are quantified. She aims to use a visualization tool to summarize the results in an easy-to-understand manner.
Overall, her research will aid in understanding the importance of P released from different locations in reservoirs. This will help inform the design of future P-release studies and will be widely applicable to any lake or reservoir that has anoxic bottom waters. Specific to Willow Creek Reservoir, her research will contribute an important part of the P-mass balance by quantifying the amount of P released from bottom sediments during summer when inflows are low. Understanding this will help identify potential solutions to the ongoing HAB problem in the reservoir.
Sarah will be presenting aspects of her research at OLA's October 2015 annual meeting in Klamath Falls.
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