April Newsletter: April 2009

The Annis Water Resources Institute will be hosting the North American Benthological Society's (NABS) 57th annual meeting at the Amway Grand Plaza, in Grand Rapids, Michigan from May 17 through 22.  NABS is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote better understanding of the biotic communities of lake and stream bottoms and their role in aquatic ecosystems.  As urbanization skyrockets, population growth continues, and globalization expands, the worlds demand on water resources will inevitably increase.  NABS dedicates its resources to understanding the basic and applied functions of aquatic ecosystems.  Only with this understanding can the longevity and quality of water resources be ensured.

The annual gathering of NABS members includes about 800 scientists from around the world.  This year's theme is Climate Change:  Interfacing Science, Sustainability, and Aquatics.  Presentations will include the latest scientific findings regarding the current state of our freshwater aquatic ecosystems, with a focus on rivers and streams but also dealing with lakes, wetlands, and estuaries.  Dr. Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University will be the featured plenary speaker.

While hosting NABS takes a considerable amount of effort and energy, we look forward to showcasing GVSU, AWRI, and the West Michigan region.  Special gratitude is extended to Mark Luttenton (chair, Local Arrangements Committee), Carl Ruetz (poster session chair), Don Uzarski (Central Michigan University, special sessions chair), and especially Mary Ogdahl, whose organizational skills and attention to detail have helped me from going insane over the past few years of planning and implementation.

-          Al Steinman

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