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Ecosystems Research

Michael J. Cyterski

My primary research focus is developing empirical models to predict concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) at recreational beaches.  Using multiple linear regression modeling, I attempt to forecast FIB levels using meteorological, water quality, and hydrodynamic environmental conditions at a beach site.  I also use multivariate statistical methods, such as clustering and discriminant analysis, to examine regional fish assemblage patterns, most recently in the Albermarle-Pamlico watershed.  Finally, I serve as a statistical consultant to other researchers at ERD for experimental design and/or data analysis.

Biographical Information

Name: Michael J. Cyterski
Title: Research Ecologist

Contact Information:

Ecosystems Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
960 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30605-2700

Telephone: 706-355-8142
Email: cyterski.mike@epa.gov


Ph.D. Fisheries, 1999, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1999
M.S. Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1998
M.S. Fisheries, University of Minnesota, 1995
B.A. Biology, Harvard University, 1992

Professional Experience

Research Ecologist/Statistician, USEPA, ORD, NERL-ERD, Athens, GA 1999–present

Professional Affiliations

Ecological Society of America
American Fisheries Society

Selected Awards and Honors

USEPA Quality Step Increase – Outstanding Performance - 2008
USEPA Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award - 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
USEPA Bronze Medal - 2007
USEPA Bronze Medal - 2005
USEPA Superior Accomplishment Team Recognition Award - 2004, 2003
USEPA Team Award - 2004
USEPA On-the-Spot Team Award - 2000

Publications and Presentations

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