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      Global Research on Harmful Algal Blooms in Erie

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      October 29, 2019

      Tuesday   7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

      3207 State St.
      Erie, Pennsylvania

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      Global Research on Harmful Algal Blooms

      Patricia Glibert, a phytoplankton ecologist broadly interested in effects of nutrients and algal blooms,
      is a Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She studies aquatic
      nutrient cycling, with particular emphasis on phytoplankton nutritional physiology, harmful algal
      blooms (HABs) and ecological stoichiometry and its effects on food webs.
      Why does her research on unicellular plants and chemical elements matter to consumers, marine
      life, and the economy alike? For one, the biological impact of HABs includes fish mortalities, seafood
      contamination and illness in humans from the consumption of contaminated shellfish or fish. Second,
      HABs’ direct impact includes lost revenue in the marine business caused by shellfish closure, costs
      of medical treatments for cases of sickness in humans, expenses to remove algae from the water or
      dead fish from the beaches and investment costs in preventing and monitoring HABs. Indirect effects
      comprise a significant reduction in tourist flow to the areas affected by HABs, lost revenue from
      businesses that serve the hotel industry, a decrease in recreation use of lakes, seas and oceans and
      also an increase in spending of residents.
      Professor Glibert earned a Ph.D. in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard in 1982. She
      spent her postdoctoral years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts before
      she joined the faculty at The University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory on the banks of the
      Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1986. Her work currently centers on issues related
      to nutrients and harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay, Florida Bay, and in various waters of China.
      Her work ranges from the global, addressing such questions as how are nutrient loads changing with
      changing land use/fertilizer use practices, to the physiological as she investigates such questions as
      how do different species of phytoplankton respond to different forms and loads of nutrients and why.
      A prolific scientific writer, Glibert has published 40 papers and book chapters and co-authored two
      books: Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry and Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful
      Algal Blooms.

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      Categories: Education

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