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Collecting and Analysing Water Quality Data With Sensors

Monday, November 15, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $115

Are you interested in collecting high-frequency data from your lakes and reservoirs with sensors? Or do you currently do so and would like to learn how to effectively process and analyze the large amount of data that result from continuous monitoring by sensors? In this workshop researchers and monitoring professionals working with automated sensors and analyzing, visualizing, and QAQC’ing continuous data in R will share their experiences, tips, and data analysis tools. The workshop will target a technical audience at an advanced level, including participants who are already working with sensors and/or monitoring and research networks or are interested in getting more involved.


Jen Stamp is an aquatic ecologist with Tetra Tech’s Center for Ecological Sciences. Tim Martin is the Long-Term Monitoring Data Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) Sentinel Lakes Program. Nicole Ward is a Ph.D. Candidate at Virginia Tech. Kiyoko Yokota is an Associate Professor of Biology at State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Collection, Identification, Ecology and Control of Freshwater Algae

Monday, November 15, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | $225

Algae are an important part of a properly functioning natural aquatic system, but when algae become abundant, water uses, and habitat are often impaired. Toxicity of algae has become a “hot button” issue, and other water quality implications and aesthetic considerations remain prominent issues. All algae were not created equal, however, and proper collection and identification are essential to selecting a management strategy. This workshop is intended to provide information on how to collect and recognize common genera within major groups of algae, with emphasis on taxonomic detail and identification approaches. Participants are encouraged to bring any algae samples with which they would like identification help. The workshop also covers basic algal ecology and the methods used to control algae, but with only 8 hours, we can only introduce participants to issues and options.

The workshop is taught by Drs. Ken Wagner and Ann St. Amand, experienced algal taxonomists and ecologists working in applied fields. Collectively they have many years of experience assessing algal problems, evaluating impacts and causes of algal nuisances, and developing algal management programs.


Ann St. Amand (co-chair) holds a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Notre Dame. She has 36 years of experience identifying and enumerating over 42,000 algal samples from all over North America. Her company uses a unique proprietary mounting method, and custom software containing information on nearly 34,000 different aquatic organisms.

Ken Wagner (co-chair) holds a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Dartmouth College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University. He has taught an algal workshop in association with the North American Lake Management Society for 30 years, working cooperatively with expert phycologists and ecologists.

Barry Rosen has a B.S. in Botany from University of Connecticut, Storrs, M.A. in Biology from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, and Ph. D. in Biology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. He has worked in algae in freshwater ecosystems for the past 40 years. He is currently a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, working on HABs nationwide.

Andrew Chapman is a phycologist with GreenWater Laboratories since its inception in 2001. He received his B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University in 1990 and a M.S. in Botany from the University of Oklahoma in 1993. His masters research was on freshwater dinoflagellates. Since moving to Florida in 1993 has been particularly interested in the ecology and taxonomy of potentially toxic cyanobacteria.

Ecology of Cyanobacteria

Monday, November 15, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | $215

This workshop explores the complex interactions that regulate the growth, distribution, and productivity of cyanobacteria in lakes. With the increasing predominance of cyanobacteria blooms around the world, understanding the ecology of these organisms and their relationship to other phytoplankton is more important than ever before. This workshop dissects cyanobacteria blooms from the inside out. Beginning with the physiology of phytoplankton and how cyanobacteria stand out with specific physiological advantages (such as gas vacuoles) over the other plankton groups. The success both tactically and strategically of cyanobacteria to use advantages requires an understanding of the complex interaction between the phytoplankton and lake water. The workshop switches gears to discuss the unique properties of water that make lakes what they are and how the fate of heat and light are the pivotal structural aspects that regulate distribution and succession of all plankton. The final section of the workshop will organize the presented material into a concise set of conditions that lead to blooms, the different types of blooms that can form, how cyanobacteria blooms perpetuate themselves, and how global warming is making it certain that there will be more blooms, that will last longer in the future.


George W. Knoecklein stated his limnological education at Unity College in Unity Maine, where he took part in one of the first studies of Unity Pond. George continued his education at Michigan State University where he earned a Master of Science in limnology while working on US EPA Clean Lakes projects at Lake Lansing, Michigan, and Skinner Lake, Indiana. George moved back to Connecticut in 1985 to pursue a career in lake management working for Ecosystem Consulting Service until earning a PhD in limnology from Peter Rich at the University of Connecticut. That year he founded Northeast Aquatic Research, a consulting firm that works specializing in assisting lake stakeholders understand and manage the threats of invasive aquatic plants and cyanobacteria.

Hillary Kenyon Garovoy is a Certified Lake Manager and Soil Scientist with Northeast Aquatic Research. She holds an undergraduate B.S. Environmental Science degree from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. Plant and Soil Science degree from the University of Massachusetts. She finds all topics in natural sciences fascinating, but Hillary’s favorite limnological subject is internal nutrient loading from subaqueous soils and sediments. When not out on lakes for water quality monitoring or aquatic plant surveying, Hillary is usually either hiking, diving, or gardening.

Educating the Next Generation in As Little as 20 Minutes!

Monday, November 15, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $115

As natural resource professionals, we are frequently asked to participate in educational events or natural resource days for children, often these events come with a time limit as short as 20 minutes. The goal of such an event is typically to give children exposure to science concepts and introduce them to various professions. When we get these invitations, we may have some difficulty not only deciding on a topic to present but just how to do it in an engaging and meaningful way all in just 20 minutes! Leave this session with a better feeling about what can be accomplished at an educational event or natural resource day and how you can help children and the environment, while retaining your sanity. This workshop will offer insights into fitting a meaningful presentation into a short timeframe, the needs humans have for nature experiences, creating meaningful group dynamics and holding the attention of classroom filled with students, planning for meaningful encounters, introducing real science in the real outdoors and how to eliminate surprises by asking the right questions. We will use our combined experiences as natural resource professionals and informal educators along with the well-established Project WET curriculum to accomplish these workshop goals.


Candice Miller is the Oklahoma Project WET Coordinator. She has been a member of the Blue Thumb water quality education staff for eight years and has been a member of the Instruction and Training Project WET committee for the last four years. Cheryl Cheadle is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Oklahoma Blue Thumb program. She founded the Blue Thumb program in 1993 and has been working in environmental education for nearly 30 years. Rebecca Bond is the Blue Thumb Director. She holds a PhD in Environmental Education from Oklahoma State University and has worked in natural resources nearly 15 years.

Get Your Communications as Crystal Clear as Your Lake!

Monday, November 15, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm | $115

We have lots of things to communicate, but we sometimes lack the tools to communicate efficiently. This workshop will fill some gaps in science communication and will be in four parts.

First, we will break the ice with a brief part focusing on how to write short and efficient text on the form of a debriefing. The goal can either be presenting results or trying to get people involved in a lake-related project. Make sure your message does not end up like a drop in the ocean!

Second, you can lead a horse to the lake, but you cannot make him drink. Same with your audience. You cannot force them to listen, so make sure to be interesting! This part will focus on how to build an attractive, clear, and clean visual support, mostly through PowerPoint.

You feel like a fish out of water when you do a presentation? This third part is for you. It will give a tremendous number of tips to arrive calm, prepared, and sharp on the timing. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to work with them.

Finally, satisfy your thirst for science communication with this fourth part that will unveil the creativity in you. We will discuss how to make a presentation out of the ordinary, and where are the opportunities to leave your watermark.

Arrive ready to interact and do not be shy, we are all in the same boat


Lou Paris is from Quebec (Canada) and has a bachelor’s degree in biophysics and a master’s degree in water sciences, more specifically in ecotoxicology (the science of the contaminants in the environment). She is also a science communicator who gave more than 20 talks, led over 10 workshops, and participated in a dozen of science communication competitions. Until recently, she was the social media coordinator of the Canadian Water Network SYP committee. She is currently the event coordinator of Science SLAM Canada, the secretary of the Saint-Lawrence Chapter, and a full-time employee of the Yamaska watershed organization.

Preparing for a Career in Lake Science/Management: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

Monday, November 15, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for students and early career professionals seeking guidance to become successful job candidates. The workshop will be divided into two segments. In the first segment, participants will receive an overview on the do’s and don’ts for writing effective resumes and cover letters and will be paired with mentors who have experience hiring in academia, private and public sectors. In the second segment, participants will receive tips and tricks for successful interviews and will be paired with mentors to practice interviewing for a posted job. Mentors will work one-on-one with mentees to improve their resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills.


Student Programs Working Group, members of the working group include graduate students and professors in academia, and professionals in both private and public sectors.

The Role of Aeration/Oxygenation in Lake Management

Monday, November 15, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | $215

Addition or air or oxygen is frequently used as a lake management option for lakes suffering from oxygen depletion. When used properly, aeration/oxygenation can increase oxygen concentrations in the water column, decrease sediment nutrient release, minimize iron and manganese concentrations, and prevent fish kills. These systems can be designed to provide complete mixing throughout the water column, to increase oxygen concentrations in the hypolimnion without mixing the lake, or to aerate surface waters and provide aesthetic appeal. Improperly designed or installed aeration systems can increase algal growth and lead to decreased water clarity. The workshop will discuss the pros and cons of aeration systems, describe factors that must be considered to properly design aeration/oxygenation systems, and present case studies for both successful and unsuccessful applications.


Chris Holdren has over 45 years of experience with lake and watershed management projects. Paul WolffAndy Sawyer, and Jonathan Knight are engineers/scientists with Reservoir Environmental Management, Inc., specializing in the development and application of river and reservoir models for hydropower reservoirs. Alex Horne. Emeritus Professor, University of California-Berkeley has worked on over 600 water-related projects throughout the world, many of which included additions of oxygen or air to meet various objectives. Kevin Bierlein is an engineer with Hydros Consulting and has spent nearly a decade working with various types of oxygenation and mixing systems.

Stormwater Management for Lake Managers

Monday, November 15, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm | $115

This workshop is designed for students, lake managers, lake community residents and applied limnologists interested in learning more about the management of stormwater management for lake communities.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

  • Provide attendees with a basic introduction to the hydrologic and hydraulic principles of stormwater management.
  • Identify the role and fundamental importance of stormwater management as part of a long-term lake restoration plan.
  • Present and discuss the common green infrastructure stormwater management techniques that can be implemented in lake communities at both lot-specific (small) and community-wide (regional) scales.
  • Discuss the basic design and construction specifications and the maintenance requirements for the more commonly implemented green infrastructure stormwater management techniques used in lake communities.
  • Provide real world examples of the more commonly implemented green infrastructure stormwater management techniques.

The overarching goal of the workshop is to demonstrate the importance of implementing ecologically appropriate, cost-effective green infrastructure stormwater management techniques as part of comprehensive lake restoration plan


Dr. Stephen J. Souza is the Owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC. He is also the Founding Partner of Princeton Hydro, LLC. From its inception in 1998 through 2018, he served as President of Princeton Hydro, retiring from the company in 2019. Over the past 35 years he has dedicated his career to the management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, in particular lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Dr. Souza is a past president of NALMS and PALMS. Dr. Souza’s achievements include the NALMS Lake Management Success Story Award (2017), and the NYS Federation of Lake Association Lake Tear of the Clouds Award (2018).