Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Brings Algae Expert to Library Speaker Series

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Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy invites the public to learn more about the causes of harmful algae blooms and what can be done to quell them during the Murray L. Bob Lecture from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Fireplace Room at the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry Street. The lecture will feature Dr. Gregory Boyer speaking on “Harmful Algae Blooms — Causes and Reduction Strategies.” 

Dr. Boyer’s work centers on toxins and other compounds produced by marine and freshwater algae. He is a professor of biochemistry and the director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the director of New York’s Great Lakes Research Consortium, a group of 18 New York universities and nine Canadian universities totaling nearly 300 scientists that works on all aspects of Great Lakes science, education and outreach. Dr. Boyer also serves as an advisor to the International Joint Commission on issues regarding harmful algal blooms within the Great Lakes and assists the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with its Citizen State Lake Assessment Program with algal issues. 

Dr. Boyer received his B.A. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Plant Research Labs at Michigan State University and in the Department of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, he joined the Faculty of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF in 1985. Dr. Boyer has served as director of NOAA’s Lower Great Lakes project to develop monitoring strategies for toxic blue-green algae in the lower great lakes. He has published more than 130 pieces on bioactive natural products and has served as a PI on over $10M in research funding and as chair of the Department of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF for four years. 

Dr. Boyer’s lecture is possible thanks to funds from Chautauqua County’s 2-percent Occupancy Tax.