Conservation Stories: Shedd Aquarium’s Local Freshwater Research

February 23, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

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Join us to take a tour of some local wetlands while learning about innovative research methodologies from the scientists who implement them. The Great Lakes are one of the world’s most incredible freshwater resources, comprising 20% of the world’s surface freshwater; however, many of us do not fully appreciate how impressive they are. Shedd Aquarium is a key cog in preserving the integrity, health and biodiversity of the Great Lakes region for the plants, animals and people that depend on them. To further that mission, Shedd has a team of research experts who are not only dedicated to Great Lakes conservation initiatives, but also to informing and involving the public in those efforts.

Each of the four experts focuses on a unique conservation topic, helping paint a more complete picture of freshwater conservation across trophic levels. Dr. Karen Murchie’s research is focused on understanding how environmental change and human behavior affect native migratory fishes. Dr. Austin Happel’s research aims to better understand urban freshwater ecology, and the benefits of restoration efforts like artificial floating islands can have on fish communities. Dr. Kentaro Inoue studies freshwater mussels, which provide incredibly important ecosystem services to the rivers and lakes they inhabit, yet they are one of the most threatened groups of organisms in the world. Dr. Melissa Youngquist’s research engages local communities in removing invasive species from local forested wetlands to understand how native amphibian species respond to restoration efforts.

These four distinguished experts will come together to share the work they are actively performing to help keep the Great Lakes great, and answer questions about the ecosystems and species that make them so amazing.

This program is part of the Alvin H. Baum Environmental Series. For nearly two decades, Joel M. Friedman and the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund have advanced education, environment, anti-violence, and health and human service strategies and initiatives throughout Chicagoland. Together with community partners, the Fund endeavors to understand and address the causes rather than the symptoms of today’s most wicked challenges.

Event Details

Tuesday, February 23 from 3:00pm-4:30pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV Youtube Live.



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