Speaker Series: Cyanobacteria Blooms

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

We host our Squam Speaker Series each month on a Wednesday evening.

Lake closures in the hot summer months are often caused by Cyanobacteria blooms, also known as harmful algae blooms, which release toxins that may be linked to such diseases as ALS and Alzheimer’s. Jim Haney, a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire will talk about "Cyanobacteria blooms and toxic aerosols: Possible linkages to diseases in wildlife and humans". His talk will explore the ecology and types of toxic cyanobacteria found in New Hampshire lakes and present recent research that examines the potential human health risks of cyanobacteria blooms.

Click here to watch a short video on Dr. Haney's cyanobacteria research. 

Jim Haney is Director of the UNH Center for Freshwater Biology and co-founder of the New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program.  Dr. Haney teaches General Ecology, Lake Ecology, Stream Ecology and Lake Management.   His current research focus is on the transfer of cyanobacteria toxins within the lake food web their impact on wildlife such as the Common Loon.  He is also conducting collaborative research with Dartmouth-Hitchcock ALS Clinic to examine possible links between cyanotoxins and neurological disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Join us at the Squam Lakes Association, 534 US Route 3, Holderness, NH at 7pm. This program is free and open to the public!