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The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system on the Earth's surface, home to a fragile fishery, and delicate shoreline beaches and dunes. They are also central to northern Michigan tourism, economies and our way of life.

Researchers find heavy metals in Michigan turtles

Our conversation with Matt Cooper

A recent study published inEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessmentsfinds turtles are getting doses of heavy metals such as lead and copper.

Matt Cooper is one of the co-authors of this study. He’s a research scientist at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

Cooper joined us on Stateside to talk about the findings.

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Matt Cooper is an aquatic ecologist and research scientist at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. 

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Notre Dame graduate student, Matt Cooper, and professor Gary Lamberti weighing a large snapping turtle
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Notre Dame graduate student, Matt Cooper, and professor Gary Lamberti weighing a large snapping turtle
Notre Dame student researcher, Dayna Smith, taking measurements of a snapping turtle
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Notre Dame student researcher, Dayna Smith, taking measurements of a snapping turtle
 Collecting a claw sample from a large snapping turtle
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Collecting a claw sample from a large snapping turtle