Join the Clean Lakes Alliance on Thursday, August 14th from 7:30-9 a.m. for Yahara Lakes 101 - this month, we will learn all about cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), with Dr. Katherine (Trina) McMahon. The presentation topic will be “Blue-green algae in Lake Mendota: the mystery of the missing nitrogen.”
The element nitrogen seems to affect cyanobacterial bloom formation and toxicity in unexpected ways. Dr. McMahon will give us insight into the research on cyanobacteria that is currently underway at UW-Madison and through the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research program. Dr. McMahon will also explain the role of water quality buoys in monitoring blooms, and give a preview of some exciting new genomics-enabled insight into Mendota’s blue-green algae.
Dr. McMahon is a Professor at UW-Madison with joint appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Bacteriology. She has been studying the Madison-area lakes since she arrived here in 2003. Her research focuses on the role of microorganisms in determining water quality, in both lakes and wastewater treatment plants. She is also currently a citizen member of the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.
Located at Bluephies Café in the Verex Plaza - Level B (150 E. Gilman Street Madison, WI 53703).
Visit cleanlakesalliance.com/yahara-lakes-101/ to learn more and register (required).