Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Glacier Park Invites Public to Brown-Bag Seminar

The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a free brown-bag lecture on Thursday, August 9 from 12- 1pm at the Community Building in West Glacier. The public is invited to join Dr. E William (Billy) Schweiger who will present a talk on "Long Term Monitoring of Stream Ecological Integrity" in Glacier National Park.

This talk will present preliminary results from efforts that began in 2007 to monitor Glacier National Park's streams by the Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network. The program develops and conducts monitoring of key ecological systems using a science based approach focused on long-term management applications.

Included in the seminar will be a brief summary of the status of water chemistry, stream physical habitat and biology along with a summary of data on Didymosphenia geminata ("rock snot") and how this native, but highly invasive, diatom might be a bell weather of coming changes in the park's aquatic ecosystems.

Dr. Schweiger has worked for the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program for the last eight years, helping to develop several ecological monitoring protocols for six National Parks. Prior to working for the National Park Service has was a research scientist for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information about the presentation, or the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc.htm or contact 406-888-7863.

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