Water Quality and Climate

We are undertaking an exciting research project that is assessing the relationship between climate and water quality in two central New Hampshire lakes. We are doing an in-depth study of Ossipee Lake (Ossipee) and Squam Lake (Holderness) which are large oligotrophic lakes in the Lakes Region of NH. 

This project through the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University is working with community partners including the Green Mountain Conservation Group and the Squam Lakes Association. Our project began in February 2014 and is planned to continue through June of 2015. Monitoring equipment in the lakes is expected to remain there for a long term study.


Interested in our project?

If you would like to learn more or are interested in participating to our project, please either leave a comment below or contact me at mmperello@plymouth.edu.


What are we doing?

Our project has three major components:

1) Ongoing monitoring of water temperature and sedimentation through moorings submerged in the deepest basin of each lake

2) Water sampling at each lake weekly during the summer and monthly during the winter

3) Sediment analyses to determine past climate and water quality conditions


Going out in all seasons


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Ossipee Lake


Who are we?

Lisa Doner, Faculty and Supervisor

Lisa is a professor in Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University. Lisa specializes in paleolimnology and geology with study sites in the U.S., Canada, Turkey, and Iceland. She is currently involved in several other projects in New Hampshire including Quincy Bog (Rumney) and Loon Lake (Plymouth).

Melanie Perello, Graduate Student

This is my master's thesis project and I am very excited to have the opportunity to study here in New Hampshire. I am originally from Ohio and earned my bachelors in Biology from Westminster College in 2013. My research focus is limnology and paleolimnology with interests in water quality, climate, and biological assessments.

Victoria Santry, Research Assistant

Victoria is an undergraduate student in Environmental Science & Policy. She is spending the summer and fall of 2014 assisting with collection of water samples and processing them in the lab. When Victoria is not working in the field and the lab she spends her time exercising her puppy, Athena.



C. Barre Hellquist, Ph.D.
17 November 2014, 12:24 PM
I have been a summer resident at Ossipee lake for over 50 years and have monitored the aquatic vegetation since 1968.  I am the co-author of the Crow & Hellquist aquatic vascular plant manual.  I am Professor Emeritus from Mass. College of Liberal Arts, N. Adams, MA.  My son Eric, (Assistant Prof., Suny-Oswego) and I surveyed the lake for aquatic vegetation as a follow-up to a 1968-1972 survey.  Results are unpublished at this time.  If I can be a further help to you, feel free to contact me at: c.barre.hellquist@mcla.edu
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