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Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Impacts of Climate Change on Harmful Algal Blooms

12:00 pm, Fri November 15, 2013 –

Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie”? on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Dr. Richard Stumpf of NOAA’s National Ocean Service and Molly Woloszyn of the Midwest Regional Climate Center will discuss historical and future climate impacts on nutrient levels and associated algal blooms in the Great Lakes region.

The webinar will be held on November 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information — visit to sign up. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Attendees will learn about historical and potential future climate change impacts in the region, how climate change could impact Lake Erie nutrient levels that fuel harmful algal blooms, and the effects of lake ice and higher temperatures on algal blooms. Dr. Stumpf has led the development of a harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie’s western basin, which was delivered for the second time from Ohio State’s Stone Lab in July 2013.

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.

Dr. Richard Stumpf is an oceanographer at NOAA with 30 years of experience in investigating habitat and eutrophication problems of the U.S. coast and Great Lakes.   He uses satellite data and models to address algal bloom monitoring and forecasting and leads NOAA’s effort to translate research into operational forecasts of harmful algal blooms.

Molly Woloszyn is the Extension Climatologist for the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, both of which are located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her goal as an extension climatologist is to communicate climate-related information across the region, including historical climate analysis, climate change communication, K-12 education, and climate adaptation.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at


Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975,

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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also helps manage online events like Stone Lab’s Guest Lecture Series.