Current Grant Funded Research Projects
Students with border collie on a beachGulls at Great Lakes beaches impair water quality and are an emerging public health and economic issue for coastal communities. This project will implement border collies as a cost-effective, public-friendly gull exclusion tool that will reduce beach closings related to gull-driven microbial impairments to beach quality. Gull exclusion success will be measured as:

  1. reduced numbers of gulls in dog treatment beach zones;
  2. reduced levels of E. coli and zoonotic pathogens in dog-treatment beach zones; and
  3. reduced numbers of gull-related complaints that beach managers receive
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