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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Lipid and Fatty Acid Differences in Lake Trout Eggs from the Great Lakes and Cayuga Lake

Lipids and fatty acids play important roles in the survival and development of fish embryos. Female lake trout acquire lipids and fatty acids from their diet and deposit them in their eggs. These nutrients are then used by the embryos during their early stages of life. The objective of this study is to compare lipids and fatty acids in lake trout eggs from the Great Lakes and Cayuga Lake. Eggs were collected for biochemical analysis. A portion of eggs collected were fertilized and embryo survival was determined. Results will be compared based on the differing food webs and prey options available to lake trout in each lake. This research is the basis for my masterís thesis.

Presenter: Bobby Geroux (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 9:15 am (Session I)