Date of Graduation

Winter 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Research Sponsor

Dr. Don Ott

First Reader

Dr. Theresa Cutright

Second Reader

Dr. Jordan Renna


Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are present in most freshwater ecosystems and are usually harmless. When these algae swell in numbers, they release harmful toxins that can be detrimental to animal and human health, and can destroy ecosystems. For this reason, many scientists and engineers have studied these harmful algal blooms in an attempt to predict, prevent, or control them to keep people and ecosystems safe. One of the variables in this investigation is the presence and quantity of zooplankton. These animals could play an important role in the prevalence of cyanobacteria, but more information is needed to determine what that relationship is. This paper aims to take a step toward understanding that relationship, by identifying and quantifying the types of zooplankton in three reservoirs in northeast Ohio.