The Aquatic Spring Seminar Series will continue with a lecture from Lars Rudstam, professor of natural sciences at Cornell University, on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. His lecture, “Great Lakes: Systems in Transition,” is co-hosted by the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith and the HWS Biology Department with funding provided by the Great Lakes Research Consortium.
Rudstam’s research, teaching and extension activities are in the fields of aquatic ecology and fisheries. His research covers topics ranging from submerged aquatic vegetation to hydrodynamics models, invertebrate and zooplankton ecology. Teaching courses in fish ecology, conservation and management, Rudstam’s research goals include food web dynamics and the interactions between fisheries management and ecosystem processes.
In his lecture, Rudstam will review the changes associated with increased water clarity and decreased nutrients in the offshore in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and discuss these processes from a Lake Ontario perspective while considering potential implications of various management actions for Lake Ontario.
The “Great Lakes: Systems in Transition” lecture is part of Rudstam’s larger outreach activities which include workshops throughout the state covering fisheries sampling.
As part of the HWS lecture series earlier this semester, Clay Williams, assistant professor of environmental science and biology at SUNY Brockport, discussed how human activities impact freshwater ecosystems. Rudstam’s lecture is the second in the three-part series.
Amy Rhodes, associate professor of geoscience at Smith College, will offer the final lecture of the series on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the FLI, 601 S. Main St. Her lecture will focus on establishing baseline water chemistry for household wells within the Marcellus Shale gas region in Susquehanna County, Pa.