HWS Hosts Water Quality Conference – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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HWS Hosts Water Quality Conference

The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a research conference titled, “The Big Three: Nutrients, Contaminants and Invasive Species,” designed to bring together local and national experts in the field of water quality to present on environmental threats to the Finger Lakes. The all-day conference will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Vandervort Room.

Finger Lakes Institute Director Lisa Cleckner is looking forward to the conversation between scientists and local citizens on the research being conducted on the topics of water quality, management and restoration strategies.

“Our conference is a great way to bring together regional and national experts to present the latest research on topics that affect the health of the Finger Lakes and directly impact our communities and citizens,” says Cleckner.

Attendees will learn from more than 10 scientists and professionals who study water issues related to the Finger Lakes, the Upper Susquehanna Watershed and Lake Ontario including a presentation by Finger Lakes Institute Research Scientist and Director of Introductory Biology Laboratories Susan Cushman ’98 titled, “Impacts of Round Goby on Food Webs in the Finger Lakes.” A member of the faculty since 2007, Cushman holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from University of Maryland and has been studying Round Goby, one of the most potentially disruptive invasive species threatening Seneca Lake, for several years.

The keynote address, titled “USGS HAB Science and Application to the Finger Lakes,” will be delivered by harmful algal bloom coordinator Jennifer Graham and supervisory hydrologist Guy Foster from the U.S. Geological Survey’s New York Water Science Center in Troy. Other speakers represent Cornell University, the Owasco Watershed Lake Association, The Nature Conservancy, Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District, NY Sea Grant and The College at Brockport. There will also be poster presentations and more.

The registration fee is $65 and $40 for educators. Register for the conference here.

Established in 2003 by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Finger Lakes Institute 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 accumulated knowledge to the public.