Kimberly Schoch, Undergraduate Student

What makes a reference lake ‘reference’?


The Problem

  • In order to adequately determine the change that occurs in lakes over time, it is necessary to first establish a benchmark against which new data can be compared – referred to as ‘reference lakes’.
  • However, the choice of reference lakes is not always clear, leading to uncertainty when assessing lake health.

Research Question

  • What makes a reference lake ‘reference’?


  • Quantify the differences between reference and non-reference lakes in Michigan included in the EPA’s Survey of the Nation’s Lakes.


MSU Honors College Professorial Assistantship Program

Current Employment/Schooling

Kim was last known as a student at MSU