Press Release for Friday, February 1, 2008

Marine Science Professor Discusses Harmful Algal Blooms

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Hans Paerl, the Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, will discuss “Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms: The Connections to Human and Climatic Alteration of Aquatic Ecosystems” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Paerl’s work plays a central role in coastal water quality and fisheries issues on local, regional and global scales. His recent studies have included identifying the importance and ecological impacts of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in estuarine and coastal environments as well as the development and application of bio-indicators used to assess human- and climate-induced change in aquatic ecosystems.

In 2003, he was presented with the G. Evelyn Hutchinson research achievement award by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography for contributing to the understanding of aquatic microbial processes, for documenting linkages among the atmospheric deposition of nitrogen, coastal eutrophication, and harmful algal blooms, and for crossing traditional research boundaries to system-level perspectives within freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems.

This lecture is part of the 2008 Elise B. Newell Seminar Series and is sponsored by Sea Grant Florida and UNF’s Coastal Biology Program. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Cliff Ross, UNF Biology Department, at (904) 620-1853.