Gibraltar island Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, wrapped up its 2017 Guest Lecture Series on August 3 with “Ohio Fisheries Management,” presented by Rich Carter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. An archive of the 2017 series, along with previous years’ presentations, is available at youtube.com/ohioseagrant/playlists.
“The guest lecture series is a great way to get an overview of current research into the most important issues facing Lake Erie,” said Dr. Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab’s director. “Streaming the series online not only gives us a chance to archive these presentations for the future, but also opens them up to people who otherwise may not have a chance to hear from these scientists and professionals directly.”
Speakers this year covered topics ranging from careers in the green industry to forecasting Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. Scientists introduced ongoing research into the effects of algal toxins on produce and the impacts of climate change on turtles, while agency leaders spoke about sustainable port infrastructure and horizontal drilling.
Students in Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program presented the results of their research projects, studying everything from the importance of bird preserves on the Lake Erie islands to the effect of sediments and floating algae on walleye vision. REU students work with Great Lakes scientists for five weeks on an original project while taking a course at Stone Lab. Many of the students go on to present their results at professional conferences, giving them a head start on graduate school applications or careers in the sciences. More information about the program is available at go.osu.edu/reu.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.