Ichthyology is the study of fishes. This Spring semester, the BIO421L Ichthyology Lab will be hosting a seminar series. Guest speakers will be visiting Medaille (virtually) to discuss the importance of fishes in their scientific research.

The third presentation in this seminar series will start at 4 p.m. this Friday, April 9, on Blackboard Collaborate. (Please click on the link to join in!)

This seminar will feature a presentation by Dr. Matt Balazik, a Research Ecologist in the Wetlands and Coastal Ecology Branch, Environmental Laboratory, of the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center (ERDC). For over two decades, he has researched how aspects of the environment and human activity impact aquatic organisms. His current major research area is providing an understanding if/how dredging impacts the environment with an emphasis on critical habitat and endangered species. This has included important efforts to restore the prehistoric Atlantic sturgeon to the James River in Virginia. These remarkable fish have a fossil record going back over 100 Million years and they survived the end-Cretaceous extinction that killed the Dinosaurs. Each Sturgeon even has a proper prehistoric appearance with armor-plates and a shark-like tail. The Atlantic sturgeon were a major food resource for the English colonists at Jamestown in the early 1600s, but by the late 1800s, the fish became nearly extinct due to overfishing, ecological changes and pollution. Dr. Balazik and other researchers have been tagging and monitoring the movements of sturgeon in the James River for over ten years and will be sharing their experiences with the Ichthyology students at Medaille College. (Please click here to join in!)

  • : M. Ryan Woodcock

Posted by: M. Ryan Woodcock