Work to recover species that once thrived in Onondaga Lake, the body of water on which Syracuse, New York, was built, is the topic of a talk by Dr. Neil H. Ringler scheduled for 12 p.m. Monday, July 1 at the Erie Canal Museum. Onondaga Lake: Biological Recovery and Our Evolving Science Center is part of the Peggy Lou Feldmeier Lunchtime Lecture Series at the Museum in downtown Syracuse. Admission is $5 per person, and there is no charge for Museum members.
Neil H. Ringler is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Onondaga Lake Science Center. His courses include comparative vertebrate anatomy, aquatic entomology, and fish ecology. Dr. Ringler will discuss how many years of industrial pollution, population growth and other factors have affected the ecology of Onondaga Lake, which was once home to an abundant population of Atlantic salmon. He will also talk about the fish and other species the lake has supported now and in the past, the Erie Canal’s impact on its ecosystem, efforts to reintroduce some of the fish that once populated its waters, and the emerging Onondaga Lake Science Center. This facility, scheduled to open in 2021, will focus on biotic restoration, environmental toxicology, and human/ecosystem interaction in Onondaga Lake. SUNY ESF, the Center for Indigenous Peoples, Ska-nonh Great Law of Peace Center, Le Moyne College, and other groups and institutions will work collaboratively with students and scientists in the new, $20 million center.
The program will include time for questions, and a number of free parking spots will be available in the lot across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690. Parking is also available at meters on streets near the Museum, and in public lots.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 315-471-0593, extension 15 for more information. We look forward to seeing you for this fascinating program!