<p.On Saturday, December 6, Plymouth State University will host the Central New Hampshire Freshwater Biology Annual Symposium, a day of workshops and presentations about modern biological research. The symposium will cover subjects ranging from newts to milfoil, and other topics that contribute to the understanding of the New England environment. The symposium will be held in the Holloway Auditorium of Boyd Science Center from 8 a.m. to noon.
PSU students, along with other professionals in the field of biology, will present. Professor Richard Fralick of the PSU Biological Sciences Department says, “I was teaching a freshwater ecology class two years ago and every year I assign groups of students to study lakes and monitor things like oxygen, temperature, plankton tows, organisms and other biological data. They spend the semester researching these sites and then presented their information at the end of the course to the class.”
“But one day,” says Fralick, “I thought…why don’t we open it up to the public. Little by little the project came together. People kept calling me because they wanted to present. The graduate office gave us $300 to supply food and other accommodations. Seventy-five people came to the first symposium. And last year (our second time running), the program brought over 100 people from the area.”
This year, the symposium hopes to attract elementary school age children with a “poster session” or gallery of posters about each student research project. Visitors will be able to tour the gallery and learn about each project.
The following is a list of workshops that will be offered at the symposium:
Macro-invertebrates: Indicators of Water Quality presented by Professor Larry Cushman, Dept. of Biological Sciences, PSU
Giardia: A Potential Problem in N.H. Lakes? presented by Rachael Dube, PSU student
The Impact of Humans on Remote, High Elevation Ponds in N.H. presented by Matt LaCroix, Geography Dept., Plymouth State University
Feeder Streams and Their Potential Impact in N.H. presented by Jeremy Mears, Christopher Martin, and Christopher Heath, PSU students
Algae and Cyanobacteria Toxicity presented by Environmentalist Alicia Carlson, also assistant to N.H. Beach Inspection and Clean Vessel Act Programs, N.H. Dept. of Environmental Sciences
Protecting N.H. Lakes and Ponds presented by Nancy E. Christie, president of the N.H. Lakes Association in Concord, N.H.
White Oak Pond and Little Squam Lake, A Comparison presented by Julicia Ridings, Catherine Zink and Scarlette Scarborough, PSU students
Freshwater Macro-Invertebrates of the Squam Lake Wateshed
presented by Rick Van de Poll, adjunct faculty at PSU
The Amazing Freshwater Jellyfish, Craspedacusta, in N.H. Lakes presented by Shea Siegel, Mike Madore and Alicia Thibeault, PSU students
Exotic Aquatic Plants in N.H. presented byJody Connors, limnology center director at the N.H. Dept. of Environmental Service of Concord, N.H.
Fisheries Management Decisions in N.H. presented by Beth Reinhart, PSU student
Chemostat Assessment of Water Quality Conditions presented by Katie O’Donnell and Nicole Keener, PSU students
The symposium is free of charge and open to all students middle school through college. For more information,contact Professor Richard Fralick at 603-535-2226.