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Dessert with Discussion is an interesting and informative program that gives the community an opportunity to interact with MSU scientists on a variety of topics. These presentations are free and open to the public.

Join us for this informal hour-long event, which features an array of delicious desserts, tea and coffee provided by the KBS Manor House & Conference Center.

Please join us:

From the Dust Bowl to Drones: The Next Agricultural Revolution

Dr. Bruno BassoDr. Bruno Basso, MSU associate professor of Geology, based at KBS




Monday, October 6, 2014                                      7:30-8:30 pm

KBS Academic Center Auditorium
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060


Dr. Bruno Basso, a Michigan State University ecosystem scientist based at KBS, will examine the growing trend of precision agriculture—and talk about what it’s like to fly MSU’s first research drone—during Dessert with Discussion, a free community event.

An associate professor of Geology, Basso works with MSU’s Global Water Initiative, a transdisciplinary effort to advance innovative science that addresses water problems across the globe. His research forecasts growing conditions in current and future climates.

Basso gathers data from crops using a drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle—acquired by MSU in 2013.

“Progress in agricultural science and technology has been incredible in the last decade and it will continue at an even faster pace,” Basso said. “We need to use these technologies to improve the sustainability and resilience of agriculture to leave productive land for the next generation.”

Basso’s presentation, entitled “From the Dust Bowl to Drones: the Next Agricultural Revolution,” will chart the global transition from soil conservation practices to precision agriculture, a modern farming system that dramatically limits resource waste by using GPS mapping and satellite technology to target individual plants in need of water, fertilizer or pest treatments.

Call (269) 671-2263 for more information.


Thanks to the Gull Lake High School and Middle School robotics teams, the Gull Lake Quality Organization, and all who came out to enjoy our last presentation:

Microalgae in lakes and oceans:

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Dr. Elena Litchman, Michigan State University associate professor of Zoology, based at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Dr. Elena Litchman


Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30-8:30pm
KBS Academic Center Auditorium
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Doors open at 7pm


Microscopic algae, or microalgae, are important players in most aquatic food webs. Microalgae are key to the air we breathe, producing almost as much of the planet’s oxygen as terrestrial plants.

But for boaters, swimmers and other water recreationists, microalgae can also be a real wet blanket by negatively affecting water quality through excessive growth and toxin production.

Dr. Elena Litchman, a Michigan State University aquatic ecologist based at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Hickory Corners, has studied microalgae around the world, from nearby places like Gull Lake in Kalamazoo County, to Russia’s Lake Baikal, the oldest, deepest and most voluminous lake in the world.

She is currently working on a National Science Foundation-funded project to monitor harmful algal blooms using robotic fish.

As part of KBS’s Dessert with Discussion lecture series, Litchman will talk about her work in “Microalgae in lakes and oceans: The good, the bad and the ugly," a free community event.

Event sponsors include the Gull Lake Quality Organization and KBS. To add your business or organzition as a sponsor please complete the sponsorship form and return by April 15, 2014.

Litchman is an MSU associate professor of Zoology. She received her undergraduate degree from Moscow State University in Russia and her PhD at the University of Minnesota. She has worked at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland, Center for Aquatic Research in Switzerland, Rutgers University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Learn more:

Excellent article in MSU Today.

Robotic Fish YouTube Video

Dessert, tea and coffee will be served free of charge. Call (269) 671-2015 for more information.