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Student research to be shared tonight

The Finger Lakes Institute will host Fall Student Research Presentations starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the classroom at 601 S. Main St.

This semester, Steve Dwyer ’07 of Killington, Vt., is researching the history and population status of the Seneca strain of lake trout. His research questions whether Seneca Lake still holds the title of “Lake Trout Capital of the World.” He will introduce his semester-long project, summarize its content and reveal preliminary findings.

To complement his presentation, examples of other student research on Seneca Lake will be shared through posters and short presentations. Students in the HWS Aquatic Biology class will summarize their projects studying plankton in Seneca Lake. Plankton is the first link in the aquatic food chain; it is eaten by many organisms, including mussels and fish.

During each semester, the FLI has intern and independent study students who conduct research on the Finger Lakes region. These presentations are a record of the student’s progress and will be finalized with a concluding full report in December.

The students have examined day/night changes in plankton populations, the correlation between blue-green algae and nitrogen concentration, bottom density of zooplankton and water depth, chlorophyll a and zooplankton density, and plankton diversity at various water depths.

The program is free and open to the public; registration requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing