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WCSU to host Regional Lake Communities Symposium series: Public invited to learn about threats to our lakes on Nov. 14, Dec. 12

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DANBURY, Connecticut — In continuation of the series that began in 2019, the Western Connecticut State University Department of Biology, in collaboration with the Connecticut Federation of Lakes and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will host the second of three Regional Lake Communities Symposia, “Threats to Our Lakes: Emerging Issues of Connecticut Lakes” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. The virtual symposium via WebEx will include a panel discussion moderated by WCSU Professor of Biology Dr. Theodora Pinou. Panelists will include Andre Selino, “Saxitoxins in Lakes”; Maria Rodriguez Hernandez, “Lake Waramaug Zooplankton Farming for Algae Control”; and Ian Olsen, “The Status of Lake Kenosha.” All are WCSU graduate students pursuing Master of Science in Integrative Biological Diversity degrees who will discuss their current research.

The symposium is free and the public is invited to join in via WebEx. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. Registration is required at A custom link will be sent via email to pre-registrants on the day of the event.

The final event in the series will be “Where Have the Aquatic Plants Gone?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. WCSU Limnology instructor Larry Marsicano will moderate a discussion with guest speakers to be announced. This will be a virtual event.

For more information, send an email to Dr. Theodora Pinou at or WCSU Public Relations at


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