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Environmental Lecture Series: Role of Ditches and Rivers for Lake Erie

Join Jim Hood for his presentation, “Role of Ditches and Rivers in Shaping Phosphorus Exports to Lake Erie,” as part of the Environmental Lecture Series at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 in Orchestra Hall.

Harmful cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie have resulted in considerable ecological, cultural and economic losses for the region. The primary cause of these cyanobacteria blooms is dissolved phosphorus loading from the Maumee River basin. Agricultural lands are likely largely responsible for the recent increase in phosphorus exports to western Lake Erie. However, we know little about whether ditches, streams and rivers amplify or mitigate phosphorus loading to Lake Erie. This presents a potential challenge for the management of phosphorus exports to Lake Erie. Hood will talk about research focused on developing a better understanding the role of rivers in magnifying or mitigating phosphorus exports to western Lake Erie and harmful algal blooms. He will also wrap-up with a discussion about potential management tradeoffs (pollution from suspended sediment vs. dissolved phosphorus and cyanobacteria bloom vs. fisheries management) and how an Ecosystem Management approach can and should be used to negotiate those tradeoffs.

Hood is an ecosystem ecologist who studies the influence of climate change and nutrient pollution on freshwater organisms, food webs and ecosystems. He is an associate professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and is core-faculty in the Translational Data Analytics Institute. He teaches introductory courses on climate change and conservation biology, as well as more advanced courses on freshwater science. Jim earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a master’s from Miami University and a bachelor’s from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He did postdocs at Montana State University and the Icelandic Institute of Freshwater and Marine Fisheries. Jim has two daughters and enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities.


Jun 18, 2024


1:30 pm




Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
122 West 2nd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA


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