The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 2PM CDT – Understanding, Tracking, and Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can have serious repercussions for animal and human health. Their increasing presence has been linked to multiple events such as nutrient runoff, climate change, invasive species, and disturbed ecosystems. This webinar will look at what researchers are currently doing to predict when these blooms might occur; how these blooms are affecting inland waters and the Great Lakes; and how stakeholders and citizens are helping scientists track these harmful algal blooms.
Featured speakers include:
- Kristen DeVanna Fussell, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Administration and Research, Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Stone Laboratory
- Grace Wilkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
- Devin Grace Gill, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, University of Michigan, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Successful Efforts in Stopping Aquatic Invasive Species from the Pet and Pond Trades
Invasive aquatic plants and animals introduced through trade channels pose a significant threat to natural ecosystems. Invasive organisms can be released into waterways or escape from private ponds and water gardens. Invasive aquatic species can also be included in shipments to vendors and consumers via “hitchhiking” organisms or mislabeling. Join us for this month’s The Current to hear from Extension professionals around the region on their successful efforts – and lessons learned – in blocking invasive aquatic species from these trades.
- Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Sea Grant
- Tim Campbell, Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
- Paige Filice, Research Assistant, Michigan State University Extension
- Greg Hitzroth, Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
For more information on all our past webinars visit our webinar archive page.