Panel Presentation on Lake Erie Algae Crisis

Posted Nov 12th, 2014 by Rose Mills  Category: Community Interest


On Tuesday, November 18th at 7 pm, Way Library, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area (LWVPA), will host a panel presentation on the science behind the Toledo water predicament and the current research projects focused on the Lake Erie algae crisis. Issues to be addressed include the effects of nutrient loads into Lake Erie, an explanation of the phosphorous cycle, how harmful algal blooms grow, the ecology of cyanobacteria, and what happened to the Toledo water supply.
The panel of experts includes Dr. Carol Stepien who will be reporting on research being done at the University of Toledo on the Lake Erie Basin algae. Dr. Stepien has directed the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center as a Full Professor of Ecology since 2004, with research in her Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Laboratory centering on the genetic patterns of invasive species and native fishes. Two years ago, she was honored to become Distinguished University Professor of Ecology. She actively serves on the boards of the University of Michigan’s Water Center and Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research.
Also speaking will be Dr. Robert Michael McKay who will give details about research being done at Bowling Green State University. Dr. McKay serves as Patrick L. and Debra Scheetz Ryan Professor of Biology and also serves as Director of BGSU’s Marine Biology program. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from McGill University. Upon completion of his doctoral work, he held a postdoctoral fellowship working on algal toxins at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Recognizing his scientific contributions to the Great Lakes community, Professor McKay serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Great Lakes Research.
Rounding out the panel will be Dr. Daryl F. Dwyer, who will report on a wetlands project designed to clean the water of phosphorus and other chemicals before the water gets to the lake. Dr. Dwyer is Director of the Stranahan Arboretum and Associate Professor of Ecology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo. He is also a Resident Faculty Member at the Lake Erie Center. Dr. Dwyer received his Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology at Michigan State University.
This program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

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