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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Workshop Program

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Nodularia Bloom

This satellite image of a Nodularia bloom in the Baltic Sea.
Credit: EOS – MODIS 2005-07-11, NASA, processed by
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological
Institute oceanography unit.

Short Course


Session I: Neurobiology and neurologic disorders
Dr. Barry Logan, Professor Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 
[video screen capture of presentation]

Session II: Disease mapping, clusters and epidemiology
Dr. Daniel Wartenberg, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ  
[video screen capture of presentation]

Session III: Cyanobacteria toxicity and toxin detection
Dr. Keith Loftin, Research Chemist, Organic Geochemistry Research Laboratory, US Geological Survey  
[PDF slides]

Session IV: Cyanobacteria ecophysiology and detection
Dr. Hans Paerl, Professor, Institute of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina, Moorhead City, NC 
[PDF slides]

Thursday 4 August 2011

Welcome

Dean, Cristle Collins-Judd

Keynote Address

The History and Overview of ALS, BMAA and Cyanobacteria Connection

Dr. Paul Cox, Director, Institute for EthnoMedicine, Jackson Hole, WY.
[video screen capture of presentation]

Plenary Lecture Sessions


Mechanisms linking neurodegenerative diseases and Cyanobacterial BMAA
Dr. Walter G. Bradley, Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neurology, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, MIami, FL
[video screen capture of presentation]

Effects of human and climatically-driven environmental change on harmful cyanobacterial bloom dynamics 
Dr. Hans W. Paerl, Institute of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina
[PDF slides]

Invited Talks and Panel Discussion I: Global Perspectives of Regional Case Studies


Fresh and marine waters in Florida
Dr. Larry E. Brand, Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, MIami, FL
[PDF slides]

New England lakes
Dr. James Haney, Professor, Director, Center for Freshwater Biology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

The United Kingdom  
Dr. James Metcalf, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Ethnomedicine, Jackson, WY
[PDF selected slides]


China
Dr. Hans Paerl, Professor, Institute of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina, Moorhead City, NC
[PDF slides]

Panel Discussion I: Global Perspectives of Regional Case Studies 



Friday 5 August 2011

Plenary Lecture Sessions


Cyanobacterial Toxicology: composition, production and impacts 
Dr. Barry Rosen, Biologist, US Geological Survey, Office of the Regional Executive-SE Area, Orlando
[video screen capture of presentation]

Cyanobacteria and BMAA in the Baltic Sea: successes and challenges
Dr. Ulla Rasmussen, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
[video screen capture of presentation]

Cyanotoxins as human health hazards: beyond neurodegeneration 
Dr. Geoffrey Codd, Emeritus Professor, Division of Moelcular Microbiology, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee Scotland
[abstract]

Invited Talks and Panel Discussion II: Cyanotoxins, foodwebs and bioaccumulation

What is the function and regulation of BMAA in cyanobacteria? 
Dr. Ulla Rasmussen, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Cyanobacterial Toxins Found in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon: Implications for Endangered Fish 
Dr. Kathy Echols, Environmental Forensics, Columbia Environmental Research Center, USGS
[abstract]

Cyanotoxins and marine mammals
Dr. Melissa Miller, Wildlife Veternarian Specialist, Marine Wildlife Veternary Care and Research Center, CA Dept of Fish and Game, Santa Cruz, CA
[PDF slides]

Cyanotoxins and birds  
Dr. Valerie Shearn-Bochsler, Diagnostic Pathologist, National Wildlife Health Center, US Geological Survey, Madison, WI

Panel Discussion II: Cyanotoxins, foodwebs and bioaccumulation 


Saturday 6 August 2011


Special Presentation

Zinc Inhibition of BMAA Toxicity
Nicole Hank, MHSM, Director of Research, Phoenix Neurological Associates, Phoenix, AZ
[audio of presentation

Plenary Lecture Sessions

ALS/PDC and BMAA: Epidemiologival clusters and cyanobacterial blooms: The Cyanobacteria Derived Toxin Beta-N-Methylamino-L-Alanine and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Dr. Elijah Stommel, Associate Professor of Nuerology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hitchcock-Dartmouth Medical Center, Hanover, NH
Dr. Tracy Caller,
Resident Physican, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH
Nick Field, Research Assistant, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH
[abstract and PDF Slides]

ALS disease mapping with GIS
Dr. Xun Shi, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Dartmouth College
[abstract and PDF slides

Mouse models for examining impacts of BMAA on Neurodegeneration 
Dr. Gregory Cox, Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory
[abstract]

In situ and remote detection of cyanobacteria blooms

Dr. Collin Roesler, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science, Bowdoin College
[video screen capture of presentation]

Invited Talks and Panel Discussion III: Perspectives from Federal Agencies

Cyanotoxic blooms and seafood safety 
Dr. Stacey DeGrasse, Seafood Research Coordinator, Office of Regulatory Science for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD

Development and assessment of analytical methods for detection of cyanotoxins 
Dr. Keith Loftin, Research Chemist, Organic Geochemistry Research Laboratory, USGS
[PDF slides]

Environmental protection and monitoring cyanobacterial blooms
Hilary Snook, US Environmental Protection Agency

Panel Discussion III: Perspectives from Federal Agencies

Closing Remarks

A Conference note to CR
Geoffrey Codd, Emeritus Professor, Division of Molecular Microbiology, College of Life Sciences, University fo Dundee, Dundee Scotland

A Workshop Haiku
Alexander J. Tougas and Jonathan A. Held, Class of 2014, Bowdoin College, Brunsiwck, ME