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A story about Dr. Jennifer’s Klug fascinating research work: Several years ago, Friends of the Lake, a local citizens group on Lake Lillinonah, Connecticut’s second largest lake, invited Jennifer L. Klug, a lake scientist and associate professor at Fairfield University, to collaborate with them. Together they set up a research and monitoring program that uses sensors mounted on a buoy and an onshore weather station and includes a role for citizen scientists. It’s a win-win for all involved. “Friends of the Lake gets information they need about the lake, I can get my students involved in relevant research, and the data can be shared as part of an active global network,” Klug told me.

Published in National Geographic on 12/21/12

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