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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Monitoring and Event Response of Harmful Algal Blooms

Due to the eutrophication of our waterways caused by anthropogenic inputs of nutrients there has been an increase in the occurrence of cyanobacterial algal blooms worldwide. Many of these algal blooms produce potent toxins that can have serious effects on both humans and wildlife. Over the last decade many monitoring programs have been instituted in coastal marine locations to the neglect of freshwater systems that are experiencing the same problems. This presentation will cover current findings of algal toxins in Upstate NY waters as well as describe my current research proposal that aims to monitor these blooms in freshwater systems through the use of phycocyanin, the predominant pigment in freshwater cyanobacteria.

Presenter: William Guenther (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 140 Lennon
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)