"Algal Blooms: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful”
Speaker/Guide: Dr Greg Boyer
Department of Chemistry, Professor of Biochemistry and Director, Great Lakes Research Consortium SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
One of the predominant crises in fresh water lakes is algal and cyanobacteric blooms. Greg Boyer Ph.D., recognized expert on toxins and harmful compounds produced by marine and fresh water algae, will discuss the biology and chemistry of algae, why it grows, the local impact, and how to manage blooms.
Dr. Boyer received his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Plant Research Labs at Michigan State University and in the Department of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, he joined the Faculty of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF in 1985. He was director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lower Great Lakes project to develop monitoring strategies for toxic blue-green algae in the lower great lakes and is currently one of the lead analytical chemists for the National Institute Lake Erie Center for Freshwater and Human Health. In this capacity, he also assists the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with their Citizen State Lake Assessment Program with algal issues. Greg has served as chair of the Department of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF, and is a current advisor to the International Joint Commission on issues regarding Harmful Algal Blooms within the Great Lakes. He is the director of New York’s Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) that consists of 18 New York Universities, 9 Canadian Universities, and almost 300 scientists in total, working on all aspects of Great Lakes Science, education, and outreach. Dr. Boyer’s is one of the most recognized experts with toxins and other compounds produced by marine and freshwater algae.
BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!