George Host

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George Host

George Host, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

Position and Focus

Dr. Host's current research interests include landscape/forest ecology, biostatistics and modeling.

His current project websites include:


Background

Ph.D., Forest Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing. 1987
M.S., Botany, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. 1982
B.S., Botany, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 1977


Current Publications

  • Kovalenko, KE, Brady, VJ, Brown, TN, Ciborowski, JJH, Danz, NP, Gathman, JP, Host, GE, Howe, RW, Johnson, LB Niemi, GJ & Reavie, ED. 2013. Congruence of community thresholds in response to anthropogenic stressors in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Freshwater Science
  • Loss, S R, Hueffmeier, R M, Hale, C M, Host, G E Sjerven, G & Frelich, L E. 2013. Earthworm invasions in northern hardwood forests: a rapid assessment method. Natural Areas Journal 33(January):21--30.
  • Host, G E, Brown, T N, Hollenhorst, T P Johnson, L B & Ciborowski, J J H. 2011. High-resolution assessment and visualization of environmental stressors in the Lake Superior basin. Aquatic Ecosystem Health \& Management 14(October):376--385.
  • Niemi, G J, Reavie, E D, Peterson, G S, Kelly, J R, Johnston, C A, Johnson, L B, Howe, R W, Host, G E, Hollenhorst, T P, Danz, N P, Ciborowski, J J H, Brown, T N Brady, V J & Axler, R P. 2011. An integrated approach to assessing multiple stressors for coastal Lake Superior. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 14:356--375.
  • Ruzycki, E M, Axler, R P, Henneck, J Will, N R & Host, G E. 2011. Estimating mercury concentrations and loads from four western Lake Superior watersheds using continuous in-stream turbidity monitoring. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 14:422--432.
  • Click here to view complete publication list.
    • George Host's CV
      Curriculum Vitae
    • Itasca Forest Legacy Project
      Spatial Analysis for the Identification of Conservation Easement Site

    Project list for George Host :


    (A link will go to the project's current report, an arrow will take you to a project's home page)

    St. Louis River AOC R2R Support Project - Ecological Monitoring and Assessment
    Establish baseline conditions for restoration locations in the St. Louis River estuary using aquatic macroinvertebrates, aquatic vegetation, and birds. We are also examining the potential for mercury in the estuary sediments to raise concerns for wetland restoration, and how examining estuary circulation patterns may affect restoration sites.

    A Comprehensive Stressor-Response Model to Inform Ecosystem Restorations Across the Great Lakes Basin
    Two maps depicting anthropogenic stresses across the Great Lakes Basin will be merged into a composite map that spans the entire basin.

    Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring
    To assess the biotic condition of all the major coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes, United States and Canadian shorelines.

    Open project in a new windowAmity Creek Restoration Project
    Reduce sediment to Amity Creek by improved land cover in riparian areas disturbed by development or legacy impacts, and improved stormwater planning and management tools in two rural townships experiencing continued development pressures, and broader use of stormwater reduction and watershed protection resources available on the regional website www.lakesuperiorstreams.org.

    LiDAR-based Bluff Assessment for Coastal land Use Planning
    To conduct a digital terrain analysis of this newly-acquired LiDAR across Lake Superior`s North Shore to identify critical or at-risk areas.

    Minnesota Beaches


    GLEI II - Indicator Testing and Refinement
    The GLEI-II project will focus on wetland near shore conditions of the Great Lakes, and consists of five tasks: 1) Refine coastal ecosystem indicators from previous monitoring programs through calibration against updated landscape/land use information within the entire Great Lakes basin, 2) test the temporal and geographic integrity of existing Great Lakes indicators, 3) test and compare analytical techniques to cross-calibrate indicators from concurrent monitoring programs, 4) evaluate cost-effectiveness of indicators,5) implement a data collection, analysis, and reporting system, as well as a map of baseline conditions for the Great Lakes basin based on historical and current monitoring information.

    Open project in a new windowGreat Lakes Beach Information Communication System
    To develop real-world and on-line warning systems to alert beachgoers to real-time rip current conditions.