Center for Water
and the Environment
Valerie Brady, Ph.D., Research Associate
Position and Focus
My specialty is aquatic invertebrate ecology and I am particularly interested in using the invertebrate community for assessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems. I have over eight years of experience in Great Lakes coastal wetlands, including research on zebra mussels and three years of experience working in Minnesota and Wisconsin streams. My current research interests include: the use of aquatic invertebrates as indicators for monitoring and assessment of stream and wetland ecosystems;
investigating major determinants of invertebrate community structure in streams and wetlands; investigating the use of aquatic invertebrates as diagnostic indicators of particular causes of ecosystem impairment in streams and wetlands; recovery of natural invertebrate community structure and function in restored and created wetlands; using stable isotopes as aids in the above investigations; and public policy issues related to stream and wetland protection and water quality.
Postdoc Aquatic Ecology/Landscape Ecology, U.S. EPA-MED 2000
PhD Zoology/Aquatic Ecology, Michigan State University, E Lansing 1996
MS Zoology/Aquatic Ecology, Michigan State University, E Lansing 1992
BS Biology/Environmental Science, Taylor University, Upland, IN 1988
7: Olker, J H, Kovalenko, K E, Ciborowski, J J H, Brady, V J Johnson, L B. 2016. Watershed land use and local habitat: implications for habitat assessment. Wetlands In press
7: Trebitz, A S, Shepard, G, Brady, V Schmude, K. 2015. The non-native faucet snail (Bithynia tentaculata) makes the leap to Lake Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41:1197--1200.
7: Kovalenko, K E, Brady, V J, Ciborowski, J J H Ilyushkin, S & Johnson, L B. 2014. Functional changes in littoral macroinvertebrate communities in response to watershed-level anthropogenic stress. PLoS ONE 9:e101499.
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: Eckman, K, Were, V, Brady, V J, Schomberg, J Axler, R & Kleist, C. 2013. Using social science data to evaluate residential stormwater treatments in Duluth Minnesota. Water Resources Impact 15:13--16.
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Project list for Valerie Brady :
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Prioritizing Future Management of North Shore Trout Streams
Biotic Responses of Forested Seasonal Ponds to Climatic and Riparian Disturbances in the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake Reservation
Objective 1. Quantify long-term diversity, abundance, and biomass of the invertebrate community in each of the study ponds to link level of climatic and riparian disturbance (e.g. % blowdown, changes in hydrology, water temperature, riparian harvesting etc.) with potential biotic responses.
Objective 2. Developing an accurate inventory of forested seasonal ponds within the the Sucker Lakes Watershed of the Chippewa National Forest using geospatial tools and field verification.
Objective 3. Provide a foundation for collaborative research between the Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC), the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station (USDA FS, NRS) Aquatics Lab, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI).
Developing a decision support system for prioritizing protection and restoration areas of Great Lakes coastal wetlands
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.
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.