The next UMS Research and Innovation Speaker Series webinar titled Mountain Ponds as Sentinels of Change in the Northeast will take place on Monday, Dec. 5, at Noon via Zoom.
Dr. Rachel Hovel is an aquatic ecologist who studies fishes and invertebrates across a range of freshwater habitats. Major themes of her research include species interactions, the timing of ecological events, and biodiversity of species and life histories. Hovel will share the results of recent and ongoing research regarding the impacts of climate change and atmospheric deposition of contaminants on remote, high-elevation lakes in the northern Appalachian Mountains. She will also describe a related new project, supported by the Maine Economic Improvement Fund, which centrally involves undergraduate research assistants.