Who Are We?
We are scientists from many different disciplines and backgrounds who, if not for SHAEP, might not interact and learn from each other.
Why do we care?
We think this interaction is especially enlightening and leads to advanced understanding of lakes, wetlands, streams, and their watersheds.
Why should you care?
Water managers need to make difficult decisions about use, protection and enhancement of our lakes, wetlands, streams, and their watersheds. The SHAEP is designed to advance the level of understanding of how hydrological, chemical and biological processes interact on a small watershed scale, and to develop new tools, methods and procedures that will assist managers of lakes, wetlands and streams to make scientifically sound management decisions.
Who works at SHAEP?
SHAEP began primarily as a group of scientists from the USGS Water Resources Discipline National Research Program who decided to pool their talents and interests to work on the same watershed. From the outset, work at SHAEP has been open to anyone with an interdisciplinary objective and a cooperative spirit who could bring their own funding to the effort. Interest expanded to include some scientists from the former USGS Geologic Division, as well as many scientists from academia. Students and professors from the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks, Bemidji State University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Minnesota School of Earth Sciences, and University of California-Davis have worked at the site.
Long term, consistent data collection is critical to the effort
Dallas Hudson is the resident technician based at the Shingobee Field Station. Dallas collects hydrologic, atmospheric, biological and water-quality information that constitutes the data backbone of the SHAEP effort. Dallas is available to assist with project-specific data-collection efforts as time allows.
With the exception of Dallas, all who work at the SHAEP do so on a part-time and voluntary basis. Each has other duties and commitments, but all come to work at the Shingobee site to learn from colleagues with different perspectives, and make new discoveries about the SHAEP lakes and the land around them.