The grant is worth 2.5 million dollars and spans over 5 years. The grant is funded by the environmental protection agency. Since they first received funding in 2007...

Part of the research at the NRRI has used algae fossils in sediment from the great lakes to discover environmental patterns of change within the lakes eco systems.

Before this most recent grant the great lakes food web research team was only able to collect samples during the spring and summer months. Now with new and expended funding researchers will be deploying year round submerged robotic buoys designed to take and store samples for an entire year before being retrieved.

Dr. Euan Reavie comments, "That's the main reason why we've obtained a bigger grant this time. Because we have this need to expand our understanding now that we've made these discoveries."

Because of the grant additional new research will also be conducted in shallower locations along the shoreline of each of the great lakes. The NRRI is hoping in the coming years this research will shed new light on changes happening in many great lakes communities.