VRPA March Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
How everyone can help our bodies of water
Cyanobacteria monitoring & lake-friendly best practices (.1 CEU)
Speakers: Dr. Peter Isles, Bridget O’Brien & Oliver Pierson
In this session, we’ll be covering what cyanobacteria blooms (also known as blue green algae blooms) are, how to monitor waterbodies and swim areas for them, and best practices for responding to blooms and managing shorelines to prevent water quality degradation.
Dr. Peter Isles is an Environmental Scientist with the Lakes and Ponds program of the Vermont DEC, and serves as the lead on the Lake Champlain Long-term Monitoring and Cyanobacteria Monitoring projects. Dr. Isles holds a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, with a focus on cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Champlain. Prior to beginning his work at the DEC, Peter spent several years researching lake biogeochemistry and phytoplankton blooms at universities in Sweden and Switzerland.