Chautauqua Lecture: Drinkable, Swimmable, Fishable: How is western Lake Erie doing?

 Monday, August 16, 2021 
3:00pm-4:30pm  
Orchestra Hall

"Drinkable, Swimmable, Fishable: How is western Lake Erie doing?” The return of harmful algal blooms has damaged Lake Erie’s reputation, but not all the news is bad. The recent impairments to the ecological health of the lake along with excellent sport fisheries contribute to a mixed 'report card’ as Ohio accelerates efforts to restore water quality in Lake Erie and across the state.

Dr. Thomas Bridgeman is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Toledo and the Director of the UT Lake Erie Center, where he has been studying western Lake Erie for the past 20 years. He has published research on many aspects of lake ecology including harmful algal blooms (HABs), hypoxic ‘dead zones’, mayfly populations and the influence of river plumes and lake sediments on algal blooms. Tom currently co-leads the Ohio Dept. of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) and serves as president-elect of the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN). At U. Toledo he teaches courses on lake ecology and marine biology. He earned degrees from Miami University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan (PhD).

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