Again this month, we will be meeting outside of our usual meeting date
Our guest this month will be Senior Research Biologist at the Shedd Aquarium, Dr. Philip Willink.
Many of us that dive the Great Lakes have noticed the record low water levels and have questions on what this means and it's impact on the ecosystem. To help address these questions, Dr. Willink will discuss
Future Impacts of Lake Michigan-Huron's Record Low Water Levels on People and Nature
Over the past couple months, Lake Michigan - Huron has set record after record for low water levels. (Traditionally Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have been considered two lakes, but technically they are one lake that has been pinched in the middle.) And we expect water levels to continue dropping for the next several months. People are concerned about future impacts on the region's economy and biodiversity. We will examine the factors involved in controlling Lake Michigan-Huron's water levels, paying particular attention to what is causing the recent patterns. We will then discuss how this will affect people and nature in the Great Lakes.
Special Tip! You can check lake level history by going to the Great Lakes Level Dashboard at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/data/now/wlevels/dbd/
Philip Willink, Ph.D., is the Senior Research Biologist in the Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research of the John G. Shedd Aquarium. He has traveled around the world to study fishes, including such places as Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Suriname, United States (including Great Lakes and Chicago Region), and Venezuela. His research interests include the discovery of new species, distribution of fishes in relation to habitat and geography, historical changes in fish communities in response to humans modifying aquatic environments, foraging ecology, conservation, writing field guides, endangered species, invasive species, and habitat restoration. Philip has authored over 30 scientific publications. He has helped film nature documentaries with BBC / Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel, as well as providing information for Animal Planet’s River Monsters.
7-7:30 Meet and Greet (You can order food and drink at the bar!)