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Round Goby Rampage: The Pros and Cons of a New Finger Lakes Invader
April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The round goby, Neogobius melanostomus, is an invasive fish species now found in some of the Finger Lakes. Round gobies have been known to forage primarily on dreissenid mussels and Lake Trout eggs, but their impact on other lake invertebrates is not well known. This presentation will provide background on the identification, invasion, ecology, and current distribution of the round goby in the Finger Lakes. Data will be shared from lake monitoring and citizen surveys, and feeding studies conducted to assess diet preferences and likely impact on native and invasive prey as well as native fishes.
Susan Cushman received her B.S. in 1998 from William Smith College and her M.S. in 2001 from The Johns Hopkins University. She earned her Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Dr. Cushman has taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 2007 where she teaches in the Biology Department and is a Research Scientist at the Finger Lakes Institute. Her areas of research span many areas of ecology including stream ecosystems, fish ecology, invasive species, habitat restoration, and water quality in the Finger Lakes. She is the past president of the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the vice president of the Northeastern Division of the American Fisheries Society.
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