- Biological — General Community Structures — Food web ecology
- Biological — General Community Structures — Cumulative human impacts
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Masters / PhD students
Larissa Sano is a researcher with CILER, where she brings a broad and diverse research background to facilitating programs and advancing scientific knowledge related to the Great Lakes. For her dissertation research, she applied a risk tradeoff framework to evaluate the effectiveness and ecological risks of using a biocide to treat the ballast water of ocean-going vessels entering the Great Lakes. Her current research focuses on the ecological risks and cumulative impacts of aquatic stressors. Dr. Sano is currently focusing on understanding of the issues that are more specific to urbanized watersheds. In this capacity, she is currently working on project in the Rouge River (MI) that evaluates the effect of the round goby on native fish communities and on an effort to assess the role of bioturbation in the flux of metals from contaminated sediments.