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October 22, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Belle Isle Nature Center
176 Lakeside Drive
Detroit, MI
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The campus community is invited to the Water@Wayne seminar presented by Health Urban Waters on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Belle Isle Nature Center located at 176 Lakeside Drive in Detroit.

"Biodiversity, Digestive Physiology and Ecosystem Services of Water Mites from Belle Isle"

Presenter: Dr. Adrian Vasquez

Post-Doctoral Training Fellow, ReBUILDetroit

Water mites are both abundant and ubiquitous in most freshwater habitats except Antarctica. At Belle Isle, they can easily be caught in many of the habitats around the island and we have collected many specimens representing up to 20 genera. Water mites are important constituents of aquatic habitats because of their prominent role as predators, parasites and prey. They are also considered excellent bioindicators of water quality. An overview of research done on the biodiversity, digestive physiology and the ecosystem services that they provide will be discussed.

A reception will immediately follow the seminar.

The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested at

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 313-577-8845 or