Michelle E. Nault

Michelle E. Nault
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources · Bureau of Water Quality

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23
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15 Research Items
143 Citations
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Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Position
  • Lakes and Reservoir Ecologist
November 2014 - September 2018
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Position
  • Water Resources Management Specialist
May 2006 - November 2014
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Position
  • Researcher
Education
August 2002 - December 2005

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Publications (23)
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Nault ME, Barton M, Hauxwell J, Heath E, Hoyman T, Mikulyuk A, Netherland MD, Provost S, Skogerboe J, Van Egeren S. 2017. Evaluation of large-scale low-concentration 2,4-D treatments for Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoil control across multiple Wisconsin lakes. Lake Reserv Manage. 00:00–00. Herbicides have been utilized for decades for nonnative mil...
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Invasive species are known to have negative ecological effects. However, few studies have evaluated the impacts of invasive species relative to the effects of invasive species control, thereby limiting our ability to make informed decisions considering the benefits and drawbacks of a given management approach. To address this gap, we compared the e...
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The herbicide 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid) has been used to control the nonnative aquatic plant Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum; EWM) since the 1950s. Although published research evaluates the herbicide's predicted and observed concentration and exposure times in both laboratory and field settings, few data are available eva...
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In the early 1990s, Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) was described in a report to the legislature: “A super weed capable of stopping a speeding boat [which] has a chokehold on Wisconsin lakes.” In order to better understand the impacts of EWM in Wisconsin, DNR staff compiled a decade’s worth of data collected on hundreds of waterbodies across the state....
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Laboratory studies used to assess the environmental fate of organic chemicals such as pesticides fail to replicate environmental conditions, resulting in large errors in predicted transformation rates. We combine laboratory and field data to identify the dominant loss processes of the herbicide 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) in lakes for t...
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This datasheet on Cabomba caroliniana covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Hosts/Species Affected, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Lagarosiphon major covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Hygrophila polysperma covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Hydrocharis morsus-ranae covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Hosts/Species Affected, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Salvinia minima covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Hosts/Species Affected, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Nymphoides peltata covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Trapa natans covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Hosts/Species Affected, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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This datasheet on Potamogeton crispus covers Identity, Overview, Distribution, Dispersal, Hosts/Species Affected, Diagnosis, Biology & Ecology, Environmental Requirements, Natural Enemies, Impacts, Uses, Prevention/Control, Further Information.
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Bioassessment methods are critically needed to evaluate and monitor lake ecological condition. Aquatic macrophytes are good candidate indicators, but few lake bioassessment methods developed in North America use them. The few macrophyte bioassessment methods that do exist suffer from problems related to subjectivity and discernibility along disturb...
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Premise of the study: Although some species of Characeae, known as stoneworts, can be found on every continent except Antarctica, many species and some genera have limited geographic distributions. The genus Lychnothamnus, represented by a single extant species L. barbatus, was known only from scattered localities in Europe and Australasia until i...
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Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is a non-native and invasive aquatic macrophyte with a broad North American distribution. It can have significant negative effects on invaded waterbodies, including decreased native macrophyte diversity, formation of recreational nuisances, and lowered lakefront property values. Previous research sugges...
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Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) is an invasive aquatic plant with the potential to disrupt native aquatic plant communities, decrease property values, and affect recreational uses of lakes. Much time, effort, and money is put forth every year to combat the spread of this invader. We examined the long-term efficacy of EWM management using herbicide and...
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Quantifying the relative role of environmental and spatial factors to understand patterns in community composition is a fundamental goal of community ecology. We applied a tested and repeatable point-intercept sampling method to aquatic macrophyte assemblages in 225 Wisconsin lakes to understand the ability of environmental, land-use, and spatial p...
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We outline and test an aquatic plant sampling methodology designed to track changes in and make comparisons among lake plant communities over time. The method employs a systematic grid-based point-intercept sampling design with sampling resolution adjusted based on littoral area and lake shape. We applied this method in 72 Wisconsin lakes ranging f...

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Invasive species are known to have negative ecological effects. However, few studies have evaluated the impacts of invasive species relative to the effects of invasive species control, thereby limiting our ability to make informed decisions considering the benefits and drawbacks of a given management approach. To address this gap, we compared the ecological effects of the invasive aquatic plant Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) with the effects of lakewide herbicide treatments used for M. spicatum control. Results indicate that lakewide herbicide treatments aimed at controlling M. spicatum tend to have larger effects on native aquatic plants than did the target of control—invasive M. spicatum. Our comparison reveals an important management tradeoff, and encourages careful consideration of how we balance the real and perceived impacts of invasive species and the methods used for their control.