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
Eckman, K, Were, V, Brady, V, 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.
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
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.
Dumke, J, Hrabik, T, Brady, V, Gran, K Regal, R & Seider, M. 2010. Channel morphology response to selective wood removals in a sand-laden Wisconsin trout stream. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:776--790.
Ciborowski, J J H, Niemi, G J, Brady, V J, Doka, S E, Johnson, L B, Keough, J R Mackey, S D & Uzarski, D G. 2009. Ecosystem responses to regulation-based water level changes in the Upper Great Lakes. White pape:1--56.
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Project list for Valerie Brady :
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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.
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.
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.
Duluth Township Stormwater System Tracking
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.
Prioritizing Wetland Restoration for Water Quality and Habitat Improvement
To prioritize wetland restoration to select sites that will most likely result in high quality wetlands which will be sustainable in the future and second, to prioritize wetland restoration that will improve water quality, in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus inputs, and habitat.
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.