Team building through research

Working collaboratively in this day and age is simplified further with technology. Although meetings are planned, schedules seem to overpower. So due to conflicting schedules Victor Jacobo, Monique Collins – the two other students I will be working with throughout the next semester – and myself were unable to meet and instead used a Google Doc to share info and ideas.

We decided to divide and conquer. I am focusing on the history of the Asian Carp, its introduction, its movements and now, its influence in the Great Lakes region. Victor is looking at the Chicago River timeline from the reversal of its current into the Mississippi River basin to present day industry usage  And bringing it all together Monique is researching where the two meet and how one affects the other. 

Dan's website suggestions, one dedicated entirely to Asian Carp, one to the Army Corps soon to be released Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study, and another previously produced timeline with the Journal Sentinel, helped in solidifying some background information. 

According to the Watershed Council the first use of carp was for controlling aquatic vegetation in Arkansas ponds was in 1963. And from there they were believed to escape into the U.S. waterway system by 1966. Recently the use of environmental DNA and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal barrier system have been the tracking systems used to monitor Asian Carp movements.

Hopefully in the next month we can build a comprehensive listing of verifiable timeline sources to contribute to Dan's investigation into the invasive species of the Great Lakes.