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LECTURE: Algae rulers of the water world

Monday, June 1, 2015
12:00 AM
Gates Lecture Hall, University of Michigan Biological Station, 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston, MI 49769

Learn about these tiny organisms with a mammoth role in aquatic ecosystems.

Learn why algae may be the most under-appreciated organisms on earth.They are a group that  includes huge, multicellular organisms like sea kelp and microscopic, unicellular diatoms. We tend to hear about them when they overpopulate in sometimes-toxic blooms, or when they make recreational water "mucky." But algae are useful as indicators of ecosystem health and underpin many aquatic food chains. Humans use them in everything from fuel to fertilizer. Dr. Rex Lowe will share his extensive knowledge of and passion for these remarkable organisms.

Rex Lowe is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Bowling Green State University and legendary Biological Station instructor.  He will be co-teaching Algae in Freshwater Ecosystems at the Station this summer. His current research interests include algal diversity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on the South Island of New Zealand.