Center for Water
and the Environment
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:
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
Kovalenko, KE, Brady, VJ, Brown, TN, Ciborowski, JJH, Danz, NP, Gathman, JP, Host, GE, Howe, RW, Johnson, LB Niemi, GJ & Reavie, ED. 2014. 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.
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.
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.
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
- Itasca Forest Legacy Project
Spatial Analysis for the Identification of Conservation Easement Site
Project list for George Host :
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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.
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.
Amity 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.
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.
Great Lakes Beach Information Communication System
To develop real-world and on-line warning systems to alert beachgoers to real-time rip current conditions.
Global Great Lakes: Integrating Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and Transforming Environmental Data into Anticipatory Ecosystem Management
To establish a web-based system of data acquisition, database management, decision support modeling and informative visualization to enable anticipatory management of the world’s great lakes.
Ecological Design for the St. Louis River Area of Concern
To develop an ecological design for restoring the Fish and Wildlife Service`s 40th Avenue West and 21st Avenue West projects in Duluth, Minnesota.