Live from the Field: Harmful Algal Blooms

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Find out who they are, how they got interested in HABs and the research questions they are asking about HAB effects on freshwater ecosystems. Instructor’s guide available.


Researchers from field stations around the world

  • Lauren Adkins-Knose, Graduate Student Researcher, Lacawac Sanctuary Biological Field Station
  • Justin Chaffin PhD, Research Coordinator & Senior Researcher, F. T. Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University
  • Chris Lorentz, Professor Biological Sciences & Field Station Director, Thomas More University Ohio River Biology Field Station
  • Hailey Oldfield, Undergraduate Research Intern, Thomas More University Ohio River Biology Field Station

Moderator: Beth Norman, Director of Science & Research, Lacawac Sanctuary Biological Field Station & Environmental Education Center


"Live from the Field" events are 50-minute events where researchers with three field sites describe their interests and research in 8-minute videos, then participants join a live moderated Q&A session with the researchers. Events are recorded for asynchronous instructional use.

In this event, researchers will talk about their work on HAB detection in small lakes and impacts on recreation & tourism, predicting cyanobacterial bloom toxicity (cHABs) in Lake Erie, and monitoring for HABs on the Ohio River: HAB Detection Network.

“Live from the Field” events are international collaborations led by the Center for Environmental Inquiry that give students virtual field experiences in ecosystems all over the world. Events are informal and open to everyone to generate opportunities to speak with researchers and develop a personal interest in doing research. All are welcome. For more information: Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University,

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Event times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you closer to the event date.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Contact Phone
Contact Name
Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Wednesday, September, 23, 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm