The 2nd Annual Central New Hampshire Freshwater Biology Symposium will convene at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, in the Hyde Lecture Hall on the Plymouth State College campus. The symposium is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided.
The symposium is presented by the PSC departments of natural science and education, in partnership with the NH Fish and Game Department, Squam Lakes Association, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, PSC Regional Outreach Program and the PSC Science Society. Fourteen different presentations will be given on subjects ranging from exotic aquatic plants and fish habitat conservation to plankton studies and outdoor classroom learning opportunities. Also, a freshwater biology/conservation award will be presented in recognition of the recipient’s numerous contributions in advancing the field of study.
“The presentations at this year’s symposium are both an update on some of the topics presented last year, and new information on issues affecting central New Hampshire’s freshwater lakes,” says Dr. Richard Fralick, PSC professor of biology. “We are happy to once again be working so closely with Beth Reinhart from NH Fish and Game, and welcome our new sponsors in presenting the symposium”
The symposium will include four PSC student presentations on freshwater lake/pond profiles. They will also by presentations from Fish and Game, Department of Environmental Services, Squam Lakes Association, Woodsville High School & DES Satellite Lab, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Concord school system.
Fralick hopes, “the symposium will stimulate a lot of interest in science and can be a focal point for further outreach. New Hampshire has put a lot of emphasis on our lakes as a tourist attraction, but as residents we want to keep them clean, in good health and protected.”