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Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference

September 15, 2016 – This conference will highlight current scientific knowledge about algal blooms, their causes, and best management practices to prevent them

  • Time:Sep 15 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location:Stranahan Center, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614 | Get Directions
  • Event Organizer:Christopher Winslow | Contact Host
  • Event Category:Conferences | Show Similar

This conference will highlight current scientific knowledge about algal blooms: model predictions, updated best management practices, and water treatment methods to remove toxins. Presenters will come from regional agencies and institutions, with an expected audience largely from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Research and outreach leaders will present findings from recent studies and identify important areas of uncertainty. Specific topics will include:

  • highlights from recent modeling studies
  • the latest edge-of-field results
  • rates and rationale for adoption of management practices
  • monitoring and tracking algal blooms in Lake Erie
  • water treatment methods to reduce cyanobacteria

Expected audience includes academic researchers, state and federal agencies and the agricultural community interested in the latest algal bloom science and technology. A complete conference agenda will be made available in the near future.

$ 20

All interested are welcome to attend, with a maximum of 500 registrations


Attendance is free for students

Members of the academic research community, state and federal agencies and the agricultural community are especially encouraged to attend.

Preliminary Agenda and Speakers

  • Period 1 Focus Area: Recent Modeling Studies: From the Field to Lake

    Plenary 1: Using Multiple Models to Guide Setting and Achieving Loading Targets
    Dr. Don Scavia, University of Michigan

    CEAP Cropland: Conservation Practice Impacts on Water Quality in Western Lake Erie Basin (2003-06 and 2012)
    Dr. Mari-Vaughn Johnson, NRCS-USDA

    Evaluating and Improving Tributary Habitat in the WLEB
    Dr. Scott Sowa, The Nature Conservancy

    Forecasting the Harmful Algal Bloom in Lake Erie
    Dr. Richard Stumpf, NOAA

    Questions and Discussion

  • Lunch Break
  • Period 2 Focus Area: Practices – Assessment and Adoption of Management Plans

    Plenary 2: Using Edge of Field Research to Assess Agricultural Management Practices
    Dr. Kevin King, USDA-ARS

    The Heidelberg Tributary Loading Program: Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of Lake Erie’s Watersheds
    Dr. Laura Johnson, Heidelberg University

    Farmer BMP Adoption: Possible Futures and the Efficacy Gap
    Dr. Robyn Wilson, The Ohio State University

    NRCS Western Lake Erie Initiatives
    Steve Davis, Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Period 2 Focus Area: Practices – Best Management Practices

    Outreach to Agriculture to Understand the Nutrient and HAB Linkage and Solutions
    Greg Labarge, OSU Extension

  • Break
  • Period 3 Focus Area: Public Health and Water Treatment

    Plenary 3: Detection & Monitoring of Microcystin
    Heather Raymond & Amy Klei, Ohio EPA

    Fish Flesh and Fresh Produce as Sources of Microcystin Exposure to Humans
    Dr. Stu Ludsin, The Ohio State University

    Using Lake Erie Bacteria to Degrade Microcystin
    Dr. Jason Huntley, University of Toledo

    Treatment of Cyanotoxins by UV and Chlorine Technologies
    Dr. Dionysius Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati

    Lake Erie HABs: Nutrient Cause and Effect
    Dr. Tom Bridgeman, University of Toledo

  • Summary and Closing
  • Student Poster Session

    The session will highlight projects funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) and Ohio State’s Field to Faucet Initiative.

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