Lisa Borre

An international research team partnering with a local fisheries research institute installed a research buoy in Tanzanian waters on Lake Tanganyika earlier this month. It is the first of its kind on the African continent, marking a major milestone in both local and global research to understand the role and response of lakes to climate...

While visiting Vermont in late July, I took a day to catch up with colleagues who are studying lakes. University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory director Jason Stockwell arranged for me to go out on a sampling run with two interns. Our destination was Shelburne Pond, a shallow lake located about ten miles south...

Using satellite photos and computerized mapping technologies, an international research team counted all of the lakes on Earth. They found about 117 million lakes, covering almost four percent of the world’s land surface, not counting the glaciers on Greenland and Antarctica, according to a new study. It is the first time the world’s lakes have been...

For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic. Not only are extreme weather events such as droughts...

Ice on the west side of Beaver Island during the winter of 2014. (Photograph by Denise McDonough) Of all the images of ice last winter, one of my favorites was a friend’s photo of crumpled sheets of blue ice on the west side of Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. With her smartphone, Denise McDonough...

White Shoal Light, Lake Michigan. This lighthouse is home to one of five Great Lakes year-round evaporation-monitoring stations. Photo by Dick Moehl The announcement last week that $300 million was included in the 2014 federal spending bill for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was followed this week with more good news about water levels. The recent...

Ice along the shore of Lake Michigan near Saugatuk (February 2013). Photo by Lisa Borre. As the polar vortex descended on Washington, D.C. on Monday night, my husband and I joined Water Currents editor Brian Clark Howard for a private screening of PROJECT: ICE, a fascinating new documentary about the Great Lakes. What was conceived as...

Botulism bacteria was blamed for the death of this loon and hundreds of others like it in northern Lake Michigan last year and in eastern Lake Ontario this year. Photo by Lisa Borre Last year, I wrote about finding the carcasses of dead loons and cormorants on the shores of a Northern Lake Michigan beach....

Evidence was found of grass carp living and breeding in the Sandusky River, Ohio. Photo credit: Peter Halasz. Scientists have confirmed for the first time that a species of the dreaded Asian carp has reproduced naturally in a Great Lakes tributary. While not the variety of Asian carp experts fear will do the most harm...

Much-needed rain in the Great Lakes basin helped water levels recover somewhat this summer. Higher than average precipitation throughout most of the region in July left Lakes Erie and Ontario with above average water levels for this time of year, according to the most recent monthly water level report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

It’s no longer just a question of whether the planet’s precious lakes are being affected by climate change. The evidence from observations is clear: changes in climate, especially in recent decades, have impacted lakes worldwide. With warming trends expected to continue, researchers are now turning their attention to predicting how this will affect lakes in...