The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith will host the 2013 Finger Lakes Research Conference. This year’s event highlighting land use, invasive species and nutrient management within the region, will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Professor of Geoscience John Halfman will provide the welcome address and Katherine Bunting-Howarth, J.D., Ph.D., the associate director of New York Sea Grant Institute, will give the keynote.
Bunting-Howarth became the associate director for New York Sea Grant and an assistant director for Cornell Cooperative Extension in April of 2011. As such, she leads 10 extension associates located in five offices along the many diverse coastal areas of New York State. As a member of the New York Sea Grant Institute’s management team, she assists in developing policy direction for the organization’s communication, extension and research programs. Bunting-Howarth provides national leadership in Sea Grant as an elected member of the Assembly of Sea Grant Program Leader’s Board. She has also been appointed a faculty fellow for the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University and is an ex officio member of the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council.
Following Bunting-Howarth’s address, panel discussions will focus on some of the issues facing the Finger Lakes region today. Bob Brower, chair, chief executive officer and treasurer of the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, and Kevin Olvany, watershed program manager for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, will focus on land use in the region during a discussion moderated by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kristen Brubaker.
Halfman will then lead a panel discussion on nutrients with Dave Matthews, technical director and senior research scientist with the Upstate Freshwater Institute; John Fraser, nutrient management specialist with the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District; and John Santos, vineyard manager at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.
The last panel will focus on invasive species. Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will moderate a discussion with James Balyszak, hydrilla program manager for the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension and Nicole Landers, executive director of the Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Closing remarks will be provided by Lisa Cleckner, director of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith.
In addition, a number of research posters will be displayed. The poster session will offer an opportunity for attendees to learn about research and projects (active or proposed) pertaining to the Finger Lakes environment. The poster session is open to the public.
Student posters will be viewed by attendees and judged by experts during the conference. A $100 prize will be awarded to recognize the best undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations. Each poster should measure no larger than 3’h x 4’w. Poster templates are available. All poster session participants will need to provide a short bio and project abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 5.
Advance registration is required for all attendees, including students. Abstracts and a program will be available online, and a limited number of copies will be printed and available at the event. The early registration fee of $25 per person is available through Nov. 5, and late registration ($35 per person) is available through Nov. 11. Registration is available online.