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: 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: 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: 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.
  • 7: 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.
  • 7: Dumke, J, Hrabik, T, Brady, V J, 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.
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    Project list for Valerie Brady :

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    Prioritizing Future Management of North Shore Trout Streams

    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 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.