Bin Zhu, a research scientist at the Finger Lakes Institute, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society at its ninth annual conference, Jan. 14-16 at West Dover, Vt.
A member of the Society since 2006, Zhu said he is honored and excited to be elected.
“I plan to work hard with other board members to encourage collaborations among members and make the Society stronger.” Zhu said. “Invasive and nuisance aquatic plants have become a common problem in our lakes. It is critical to educate and promote scientific management practices and the exchange of scientific information in the region.”
The Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society was established in 1999 and includes members from government agencies, colleges and universities, industries, and the public across all the northeastern states. Headquartered in Chester, N.J., its mission is to assist in managing aquatic vegetation, providing the scientific and educational advancement of members, encouraging scientific research in aquatic plant management, promoting an exchange of information among members and extending public understanding in the discipline.
The Society also provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct scientific research in aquatic plant management.
Zhu joined the Finger Lakes Institute’s staff in 2006 and is conducting aquatic research on invasive species in the Finger Lakes.
The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public.