Friday, September 7, 2012

Lecture tonight at 6pm about Prospect Park's waters

Received from Maria Carrasco , director the Audubon Center, for your information:

Tonight is the lecture  6 PM

Subject: Dr. Brett Branco Lecture on Prospect Park Lake, September 7 at 6pm - Audubon Center


I wanted you to know that Professor Brett Branco from Brooklyn College will be doing a free public presentation at the Audubon Center this Friday at 6pm about Prospect Park Lake. Below is his Bio and a short summary of his presentation. I hope that you and other members of your group will be able to attend. Please feel free to share this message with anyone you feel would be interested.

Light refreshments will be served.



Brief Bio

Dr. Brett Branco is an Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also the Associate Director of Brooklyn College's Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center (AREAC). Dr. Branco is an aquatic scientist specializing in both Marine Science and Limnology. His research interests focus on the impacts of eutrophication on shallow aquatic ecosystems around New York City, both marine and fresh water. Since arriving at Brooklyn College in 2009, he has been working with students to monitor and assess the condition of Prospect Park Lake. Dr. Branco earned his Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of Connecticut and completed a two-year post doc at the University of Western Australia in Perth before arriving at Brooklyn College.

Summary of the Lecture

Despite its man-made origins, Prospect Park Lake is a typical shallow lake that supports a rich wildlife right here in the middle of Brooklyn. But much like many other shallow urban lakes all around the world, our lake is reacting to decades of nutrient overload in undesirable ways, such as supporting blooms of nuisance aquatic plant and algae species. In this lecture, Dr. Branco will explain how shallow lakes operate as physical, chemical and biological systems and share his observations on the state of Prospect Park Lake over the past four years.

Maria Carrasco

Vice President of Education

Prospect Park

95 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn, NY 11215