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Lycoming College students and faculty present at Susquehanna River Symposium

Lycoming College students and faculty present at Susquehanna River Symposium

The eleven Lycoming College students and three Lycoming College faculty members that presented at the 9th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University.

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Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) faculty and student interns presented research findings at the 9th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium, “Science of the River,” held at Bucknell University Nov. 21-22.

The goal of the symposium was to bring the public together with scientists, engineers, consultants, watershed groups, and state and federal agencies to share research within the watershed, and to discuss the long-term health and sustainability of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

CWI student interns Trent Lee, Toby Boyer, Alec Minnick, Sam Wanner, Miranda Giraldo, Ally McNett, Sarah Pedrick, Hannah Morrissette, Julian Jones, Johanna Hripto and Shannon Pipes presented posters based on their 10-week summer research supported by grants to CWI. They were joined by Dr. Melvin Zimmerman, professor of biology and director of the CWI, Dr. Jeffrey Newman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Peter Petokas, CWI research associate, all of whom made oral presentations during the conference.

The symposium was co-hosted by The Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, and the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Science, which shared its annual report, “Pulse of the Heartland,” that focuses on all the projects completed by summer interns and faculty, and included a summary of work completed at a summer conference held at Lycoming College in July.

The coalition has several member institutions, including: Lycoming College, Lock Haven University and Bucknell University on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River; Kings College and Bloomsburg University on the North Branch; and Susquehanna University on the main branch.