National Research Program | Shingobee Headwaters Aquatic Ecosystems Project (SHAEP)

About Us

USGS scientists performing field work.

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.

USGS scientist collecting samples in snow.

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?

USGS scientist performing field work in a forest. 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

USGS scientist Dallas Hudson. 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.

Project Members

  • Brett Poulin |
    MS 458, 3215 Marine St.
    Boulder, CO 80303
  • Bruce Carlson
    Ten Mile Lake Association
    Hackensack, MN
  • Mark Dornblaser
    3215 Marine Street
    Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phil Gerla |
    University of North Dakota
    81 Cornell Street, Stop 8358
    Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • Andrew Hafs
    Bemidji State University, Biology Department
    218A Sattgast Hall
    Bemidji, MN 56601
  • Dallas Hudson |
    Shingobee Field Station
    32390 Great Road
    Akeley, MN 56433
  • Carol Kendall |
    345 Middlefield Road
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Richard Kiesling
    USGS, Minnesota Water Science Center
    2270 Woodale Drive
    Mounds View, MN 55112
  • Tim Kroeger |
    Bemidji State University USGS, WRD
    Department of Environmental, Earth, and Space Studies
    Room, S 109, Box 27
    Bemidji,MN 56601
  • James LaBaugh |
    MS 411, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
    Reston, VA 22092
  • Bob Melchior |
    Professor Emeritus
    Bemidji State University
    Bemidji, MN 56601
  • Brian Neff
    MS 413, Box 25046, DFC
    Denver, CO 80225
  • Donald Rosenberry |
    MS 413, Box 25046, DFC
    Denver, CO 80225
  • Paul Schuster |
    3215 Marine Street, Suite E-127
    Boulder, CO 80303
  • Robert Striegl |
    MS 413, Box 25046, DFC
    Denver, CO 80225