Harmful Algal Blooms
This talk addresses factors controlling the growth and toxin production in blooms, distribution of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes region, the types of cyanobacterial toxins, human and animal health effects, tools and techniques for studying HABs, and management strategies for controlling blooms.
Cyanobacteria (or blue-green algae) are often prolific in freshwater environments, including the Great Lakes region. Some genera of cyanobacteria grow to high concentrations of toxin-producing cells in the water column and thus are termed Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). HABs can be detrimental to drinking and recreational water supplies.
About the Speakers:
Dr. Gregory Boyer is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Dr. Boyer is working on harmful algal blooms that occur in both freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Dr. Juli Dyble is a Research Biologist with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Her research focuses on the ecology and toxin production of cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) species.
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This event is part of
Pathogen Workshop Series
The Pathogen Workshop Series is designed to bring together nationally renowned water scientists and individuals who have an interest and stake in the future of water in the State of Michigan. The purpose of the workshop series is to learn about sources, pathways, and impacts of pathogens in water and to discuss potential solutions. Our goals are to characterize the issues regarding pathogens in Michigan, examine methods and solutions to address those issues, and to develop a framework for monitoring pathogens.
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