Valerie Brady

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Valerie Brady, Ph.D., Research Associate

Valerie Brady

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

Current Publications

  • 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.