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January 28, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Welcome Center Auditorium | Map
42 W. Warren
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The guest speaker will be Dr. Ashley Baldridge, a Benthic Ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab in Ann Arbor. Dr. Baldridge will present, "The past, present, and future of Dreissenid mussels in the Great Lakes."

Dr. Ashley Baldridge started doing research in Lake Michigan as a postdoc with the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research at the University of Michigan.  She now manages the annual benthic survey program in Lake Michigan and collaborates on dreissenid mussel-related projects throughout the Great Lakes basin. 

Abstract: The introduction of invasive zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis bugensis, respectively) has had profound impacts throughout the Great Lakes basin and other areas across North America.  Dr. Baldridge will give an overview of the population growth and impacts of dreissenid mussels in different lake systems, present updated abundance data for Lakes Michigan, Ontario, and Huron, and describe some new frontiers of dreissenid mussel research. She will also introduce the newly formed Invasive Mussel Collaborative and recent advances in controlling dreissenid mussels.

A short reception will immediately follow Dr. Baldridge's seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Madeline Conlen at 3135775600 or madeline.conlen@wayne.edu.