Learning from the Past: Improving & Maintaining Water Quality in Western Lake Erie Requires Science, Policy & Endurance

 Friday, July 27, 2018 
1:30pm-2:30pm  
Orchestra Hall

Recently-appointed president of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Dr. Rodney K. Rogers and BGSU faculty expert on harmful algal blooms Dr. Timothy W. Davis will visit Lakeside on Friday, July 27 for an afternoon lecture on water quality and an evening meet and greet with the Lake Erie community.

The lecture, taking place at 1:30 p.m. on Orchestra Hall, is titled “Learning from the Past: Improving & Maintaining Water Quality in Western Lake Erie Requires Science, Policy & Endurance.” Davis will discuss the global trends in degrading water quality and the increasing prevalence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), lessons learned from the past and the current state of the science, as well as what needs to continue in the future to reduce the size, duration and toxicity of HABs in western Lake Erie. This lecture is held in partnership with Jim Stouffer, of the Catawba Island Club, and the Lake Erie Foundation.

Davis has spent the last 11 years studying the ecology of HABs. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Southampton College of Long Island University in 2004 before moving to Stony Brook University where he conducted his dissertation research focusing on understanding the environmental drivers of HABs in the several lakes throughout the northeastern U.S., including Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.

After completing his dissertation in 2009, Davis moved to Australia to continue his work at the Australia Rivers Institute. In 2012, he moved to the Canadian Center for Inland Waters. Following that position, he worked for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor. There, he led the monitoring and research program.

In August 2017, he joined the faculty at BGSU. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the National HAB Committee, a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors and sits on the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources sub-committee.

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