Friday November 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scandling Center
300 Pulteney St.
Vandervort Room
Geneva, NY 14456

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Hilary Mosher
Finger Lakes Institute/ FL- PRISM

2014 Finger Lakes Research Conference
November 21, 2014

Threats to the Finger Lakes: Invasive Species, Climate Change, and Anthropogenic Influences

This year’s program will focus on threats to the Finger Lakes and showcase research and strategies to combat them. Presentations will be made on emerging contaminants, invasive species, nutrient management and more. A poster session will also be held with prizes awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate poster. 

Agenda (subject to change)





Registration and poster set-up


Welcome and Overview

Lisa Cleckner, MBA, PhD

Director, Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Nutrient Loading Issues to the Finger Lakes

John Halfman, PhD

Professor, Dept of Geoscience & Environmental Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Isotopes as Assessments for Climate Change

Dave Finkelstein, PhD,

Assistant Professor, Geoscience, Hobart and William Smith Colleges





i-Tree Tools for Visualizing the Impact of Trees on Nutrient Loading

Ted Endreny, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Resource Engineering, Associate Editor, Hydrological Processes & Water Resources Research, SUNY ESF,

Emily Stephan, Thomas Taggart, Ethan, Bodnaruk, and Charles Knoll, Co-presenters


No Adverse Impact- Floodplain Management

Janet Thigpen, CFM,

Flood Mitigation Specialist, Southern Tier Central, Regional Planning & Development Board


Application of Fatty Acid Analysis in Aquatic Ecology, Trophic Tracers and Essential Nutrients

Jacques Rinchard, PhD,

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Biology, The College at Brockport, State University of New York


Lunch (12-12:30) and keynote (12:30-1)

Ecosystem Services, Finger Lakes Tourism and Economy

Valerie Knoblauch,

President, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection


Poster Contest Concurrent


Reducing Pharmaceuticals in Water: NYSDEC’s Proactive Approach

Scott Stoner, MS,

Chief, Standards and Analytical Support Section, Bureau of Water Assessment and Management, Division of Water, NYS DEC


Invasive Species and the NYS Invasive Species Research Institute

Carrie Brown-Lima, MS,

Coordinator & Senior Extension Associate, NY Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell University


Round Gobies in Tributaries Streams; Seasonal Abundance, Community Effects, and Energy Consumption

Chris Pennuto,  PhD,

Director, WNY PRISM, Professor, Biology Department & Grt Lakes Research Center




FL-PRISM Welcome

Hilary Mosher, Coordinator, FL-PRISM


Steve Young, Chief Botanist for NY Natural Heritage and Coordinator for LIISMA;

Steven Daniel, Naturalist and Botanist, Nature Discoveries, Rochester, ny

Brachypodium sylvaticum (slender falsebrome) - a Highly Invasive Grass and Candidate for Early Detection/Rapid Response.


James Balyszak, Hydrilla Coordinator,

Hydrilla update in Cayuga Lake and beyond.


Jessi Lyons and Kristina Ferrare,

CCE Onondaga County- HWA in the Skaneateles watershed and its impact


Marion Zuefle from the NYS IPM Program at Cornell University will provide an update  on her research and other agriculture invasives


Wrap up and network


Finger Lakes - Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (FL-PRISM) Full Partnership Meeting

Commencing at 2:45, you are invited to attend the full partnership meeting of the FL-PRISM. Attendees will have a chance to get an update of the activities of the FL-PRISM since April with information from our working groups. All are welcome to attend!

Poster Session

The poster session will be an opportunity for attendees to learn about research and projects (active or proposed) pertaining to threats to the Finger Lakes. The poster contest is open to undergraduate and graduate researchers. A $75 prize will be awarded to recognize the best undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations based on scoring from our judges. Each poster should measure no larger than 3’ x 4’. Poster templates are available. Please encourage your students to participate! All poster session participants will need to provide a short bio and project abstract to mosher@hws.edu by November 13th.


Advance registration is required for all attendees including students. Abstracts and a program will be available online, and a limited number of copies will be printed and available at the event. The early registration fee of $35 per person is available through November 13th, and late registration ($50 per person) is available November 14th-19th

Getting Here/Parking

Driving directions are available. Plug in 300 Pulteney St., Geneva, NY 14456 into your GPS unit. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scandling Center is across the street from the Medbery Parking Lot located on Pulteney Street. Enter the Scandling Center and take the stairs to the second floor to locate the Vandervort Room. Signs will be posted as well.

Free parking is available in the North Medbery Parking Lot adjacent to Pulteney St. To avoid ticketing, obtain a visitor parking pass in the HWS security office located on the south side of North Medbery Parking Lot.