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E-M:/ Re: Mar.2 MSU public lecture: Harmful Algal Blooms

Enviro-Mich message from "Erin A Dreelin" <dreelin@msu.edu>

Hello All,

This lecture is also being webcast on wmsu.org so if you can't make it in person, please join us via the web.

Rita Jack writes:

Harmful Algal Blooms

Cyanobacteria (or blue-green algae) are often prolific in freshwater
environments, including the Great Lakes region. Some genera of cyanobacteria
grow to high concentrations of toxin-producing cells in the water column and
thus are termed Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). HABs can be detrimental to
drinking and recreational water supplies. In this talk, we will discuss the
factors controlling the growth and toxin production in blooms, distribution
of cyanobacterial HABs in the Great Lakes region, the types of
cyanobacterial toxins, human and animal health effects, tools and techniques
for studying HABs, and management strategies for controlling blooms.

Public Lecture by Dr. Gregory Boyer, SUNY & Dr. Juli Dyble, GLERL

Date: Friday, March 2, 2007

Time: 9:00-10:30 am

(coffee at 8:30)

Location: James B. Henry Center, Lansing

This lecture is the second in a series of seminars focusing on pathogen
issues in Michigan. For more information on the series please visit the
Center for Water Sciences website at cws.msu.edu

Questions? Contact Dr. Erin Dreelin dreelin@msu.edu

About the Speakers

Dr. Gregory Boyer is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the State

University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Dr.

is working on harmful algal blooms that occur in both freshwater and marine

This includes the toxic red tides that occur along the North Atlantic

coast, brown tides that occur off Long Island, and toxic blue-green algae
that can

be found in freshwaters ponds and lakes throughout the world. Dr. Boyer runs

analytical facility for the study of algal toxins at ESF and is actively

monitoring methods for the toxins in the Great Lakes. He is interested in

both new and novel analytical methods to detect these toxins, as well as

the biochemical function these compounds play in the algae themselves.

Dr. Juli Dyble is a Research Biologist with the NOAA Great Lakes

Research Laboratory. Her research focuses on the ecology and toxin
production of

cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) species. This includes

factors that control cyanobacterial growth and toxin production, genetic

of toxicity, development of molecular methods for the detection of HAB

and the genetic diversity of cyanobacterial bloom communities.


~Rita Jack


Rita Jack

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Erin A. Dreelin, Ph.D.
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