Science + Nature On Tap

Nov
6
2019

7 – 8pm { FREE }
Schnitzels @ 158 Pitt

Nov
6
2019

7 – 8pm
{ FREE }
Schnitzels @ 158 Pitt

A free event dedicated by Nick Cox in memory of Colleen Anna Cox

St. Lawrence Ecosystem Stressors: Round Gobies and VHSV

Round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) are one of the most prolific invasive species to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, and have resulted in a fundamental change to the fish assemblage since the 1990’s. They reach such high abundances that they are a prominent stressor to the viability of the fish community, and general ecosystem functioning of the region. Round gobies act as a competitor, egg predator, prey item, and disease vector toward native fishes, causing complex changes to native biodiversity. This presentation will explore the history and impacts of the round goby, including Anna’s work on how the interaction of round gobies and Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) has resulted in the decline of the highly susceptible muskellunge (Esox masquinongy).

Anna Conklyn is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. She is originally from a rural town in central NY, and has been passionate about aquatic research throughout her life and education.  She has spent the last two summers working at the Thousand Islands Biological Station, a research group that focuses on sport fish populations and the ecosystem functioning of the St. Lawrence River. Anna hopes to attain a career in fisheries conservation, and is privileged to engage with the river while learning about the complexities that drive ecosystem change.

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Please arrive 15 minutes early to grab your refreshments and find your seat. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information contact: 

Katie Verhoeven

Communications and Fund Development Officer

Katie Verhoeven