September “Innings” Monthly Meeting: Algae Issues In The Ohio River Basin

Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio

TUESDAY, Sep 4;  7 pm to 8:55 pm

By Dr. Mirriam Kannan

Professor Mirriam Kannan will talk about Algae Issues in the Ohio River Basin with a focus on toxic algae. She will start with a general overview of what are algae and their taxonomic diversity, showing photographs of the most common taxa found around here. Then she will focus on recent problems with algal blooms, for example Grand Lake St. Mary’s near Dayton, and also show data for the Ohio River from 1990’s until present and how Zebra Mussels and flow rate changes can affect summer blooms. Miriam will end with what climate change experts say the Ohio River basin can expect in the future and what we must expect in terms of algae.

Dr. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan, is RegentsProfessor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. She is a native of Quito, Ecuador. She obtained her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 1979 working on a comparative study of Ecuadorian lakes. Her M.S. degree is also from OSU and B.A.(Biology) from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. . She was trained in diatom taxonomy at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. She has been at Northern Kentucky University since 1979 where she teaches General Micro-biology, Limnology, Microbial Ecology, General Ecology, Principles of Research and other classes. She is also the faculty advisor for the  Biology Honor Society (Beta Beta Beta). Her research interests focus on algae as water quality indicators, diatom taxonomy, paleolimnology (using fossil diatoms to reconstruct climatic  histories) and tropical limnology. Her research involves undergraduate students and is done in lakes and rivers of her native country of Ecuador and the Ohio River Basin.

Since 2001, in close cooperation with ORSANCO and the EPA, she has been monitoring algae in the Ohio River Basin for taste and odor and toxin producing species. Her outreach activities are in large part directed to the Latino Community in the Greater Cincinnati Area. She is also very active in environmental issues, and works closely with the Foundation for Ohio River Education, the Ohio River Foundation and the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education to educate K-12 students about water quality and the importance of conserving water resources.