• Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

Summer season lectures aim to demystify Terrific Lakes science


May 26, 2023

A series of lectures ranging from birding, to the science of the northern lights, to indigenous art, aims to demystify Terrific Lakes science this summer season

The no cost events come from the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston and will function scientists, artists, professors and much more.

Aimée Classen is director of the Biological Station and a professor in the Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She stated each and every occasion is aimed at bringing participants closer to the atmosphere.

“Northern Michigan clearly has an huge water resource. And so understanding how these sources may possibly adjust more than time … is significant for the neighborhood to assume about,” Classen stated. “These talks permit individuals to discover the wonder of biology and the organic locations that they reside in.”

Lectures will take spot outdoors below a big tent along the shore and are featured mainly on Wednesday evenings.

The biological station is an 11,000-acre study and teaching campus positioned at 9133 Biological Road in Pellston, just south of the Mackinac Bridge on Douglas Lake.

The initial lecture will be all about how infectious illnesses impact animal populations. Discussions will be lead by Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University and an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow.

The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14.

“I hope that individuals stroll away and appear at their northern Michigan residences in new approaches, and have these moments of wonder and awe as they assume about what they discovered and how it can apply it to the locations that surround them,” Classen stated.

See dates for other summer season lectures under:

  • Wednesday, June 21: Leslie Sobel, a mixed media environmental artist from Ann Arbor, is an artist in residence at the U-M Biological Station in June. She connects climate, water and information by means of art. Her lecture is titled “Artist in the Wilderness: Field Operate and Art Generating.”
  • Thursday, June 22: Ross Ellet, a meteorologist at the ABC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio, and a space climate specialist, will talk about geomagnetic storms, aurora borealis and how to very best photograph the Northern Lights, even if you only have an iPhone. He produces a weekly segment referred to as “Spacing Out” that focuses on evening sky highlights and publishes a weekly Terrific Lakes aurora forecast each and every Thursday. An aurora chaser, Ross has traveled to the arctic of Alaska and a selection of places in northern Michigan, southern Canada and northern Manitoba to photograph the Northern Lights.
  • Wednesday, June 28: Dr. Robin Clark, an assistant professor at Lake Superior State University, plans to speak about northern white cedar trees, or “Giizhik,” their projected decline, and indigenous expertise and practices that can inform forest management and development. Her speak is titled “Weaving Anishinaabe and Western Sciences for Lengthy-term Giizhik Relations: Course of action and Patterns.”
  • Wednesday, July five: Dr. Joan Strassmann, an evolutionary biologist, U-M Biological Station alumna, the Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, member of the National Academy of Sciences and author of “Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying Birds in Your Personal Backyard,” will give the Hann Endowed Lecture in Ornithology. She will clarify the fascinating planet of popular, daily birds, such as blue jays, cardinals, robins and sparrows.
  • Wednesday, July 26: Dr. Melissa Duhaime is an assistant professor in the U-M Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and instructor of “Microbes in the Wild” at the U-M Biological Station. She will discover the fascinating planet of viruses and microplastics.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 9: Dr. Jennifer Pett-Ridge, a senior employees scientist at the U.S. Division of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, will give the Bennett Lecture in Mycology and Plant Biology. Pett-Ridge, a major soil scientist, examines organic land options and emerging carbon-friendly technologies made to lower carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Her speak will highlight her perform creating interdisciplinary teams to shed light on how soil organisms influence the international carbon cycle.