|Dessert with Discussion|
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:
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
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30-8:30pm
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in October 2013 for record attendance!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
"The Kalamazoo River oil spill: Catastrophe and recovery" with Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton