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Friday, October 25, 2019 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Understanding Macroalgal Blooms in Freshwater Ecosystems
Presented by 
Dr. Andrea Kirkwood

The incidence of freshwater algal blooms has been increasing across North America, including regions with no historical record of bloom occurrence. Eutrophication and climate change have been implicated as major drivers of microalgal (i.e., phytoplankton) blooms. In contrast, macroalgal (i.e., visible mat-forming algae) blooms are not consistently explained by nutrients, nor is much known about the role of climate change. Morphologically diverse species of macroalgae bloom across a range of habitats and nutrient conditions, even in systems where nutrients are low. This presentation will explore how morphological traits and habitat features may support the emergence of macroalgal blooms, with a particular focus on three species: Cladophora glomerataDidymosphenia geminata and Nitellopsis obtusa.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Andrea Kirkwood
Andrea Kirkwood completed a joint-honours degree in Environment and Resource Studies & Biology (Co-op) at the University of Waterloo, a Master's degree in Aquatic Ecology at McMaster University, and a doctoral degree in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Andrea conducted postdoctoral studies at Oklahoma State University and the University of Calgary prior to joining the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University. Andrea is currently an Associate Professor with a research and teaching focus in environmental biology. In addition to research and teaching, Andrea is actively involved in community-based environmental stewardship initiatives.

When: October 25 - 2:30pm

Where: STC 0040

Hosted by the Department of Biology

More information: https://kirkwoodlab.weebly.com/

Cost 
Free
Location 
STC - Science Teaching Complex
Room 0040
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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