George Host

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George Host, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

George Host

Position and Focus

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

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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

  • 7: Bartsch, Will M Axler, Richard P & Host, George E. 2015. Evaluating a Great Lakes scale landscape stressor index to assess water quality in the St. Louis River Area of Concern. Journal of Great Lakes Research In press.
  • 7: Stueve, K M, Hollenhorst, T P, Kelly, J R Johnson, L B & Host, G E. 2014. High-resolution maps of forest-urban watersheds present an opportunity for ecologists and managers. Landscape Ecology In press.
  • 7: Kovalenko, K E, Brady, V J, Brown, T N, Ciborowski, J J H, Danz, N P, Gathman, J P, Host, G E, Howe, R W, Johnson, L B Niemi, G J & Reavie, E D. 2014. Congruence of community thresholds in response to anthropogenic stress in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Freshwater Science 33:958--971.
  • 7: 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 33:21--30.
  • 7: 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.
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    • George Host's CV
      Curriculum Vitae
    • Itasca Forest Legacy Project
      Spatial Analysis for the Identification of Conservation Easement Site

    Project list for George Host :

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    Integrative social and hydrologic models for enhanced resiliency of coastal communities under extreme weather events
    To assess the interactions between environmental risk and community response of coastal ecosystems in the face of changing precipitation regimes and extreme weather events

    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.

    An open standards data and metadata pipeline for the Natural Resources Research Institute Great Lakes Data

    AOC Aquatic Plant Restoration Experiment

    Open project in a new windowLake Superior Beach Monitoring and Advisory Program
    Assist the Environmental Protection Agency funded, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency directed Lake Superior Beach Monitoring and Advisory program.

    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 Environmental Indicators (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.