Research Presentations

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 5pm to 6:30 pm
Student Center Forum | Clarkson University
Free Food Reception and Presentations on St. Lawrence River Fisheries in the College Series Boundary Areas
Organized by Faculty from the Clarkson –SUNY ESF Center for Healthy Water Solutions

Changes in St. Lawrence River Bass Populations and Ecology Following Multiple Perturbations: A Story of Trade-offs
John M. Farrell, Ph.D. | Professor of Aquatic and Fisheries Science
Director, Thousand Islands Biological Station | Roosevelt Wild Life Station Scientist in Residence
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Prof. John M. Farrell is the director of SUNY ESF’s Thousand Islands Biological Station and is the go-to expert for the long-term monitoring and ecological assessment of the fisheries in the international section of the St. Lawrence River, which encompasses all of the Bassmaster College Series tournament waters.  How bass and other species respond to the changing environment is an important question regarding quality of fisheries and a healthy aquatic environment.  At the Thousand Islands Biological Station, St. Lawrence River fish populations are being monitored to better understand population dynamics and quality of fisheries.  Recent ecological perturbations include invasive species introductions have had profound effects on native fish populations and their habitats.  This presentation will highlight long-term monitoring data and recent study findings to review these effects.  How to manage these fisheries in a changing environment will be discussed.

Top Predator Fish: Are they Safe to Eat?
Thomas Holsen, Ph.D. | Jean Newell Professor of Engineering
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering | Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering 
Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program | Co-Director of CARES | 
Clarkson University

Prof. Thomas Holsen is the Jean Newell Professor of Engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University.  He is a long-time leader in the EPA’s Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program: Expanding the Boundaries.   Fish, biota and water are analyzed for contaminants to assess temporal trends in organic contaminants and mercury, using fish as biomonitors.  Through projects like this, we have a much clearer picture of the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and how human activity is impacting the world we live and eat in everyday.