Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Robert Estabrook Moeller Memorial Fund Research Fellow Award is Dr. Robyn Smyth of Bard College.
Dr. Smyth will use the $2,000 award to conduct a new research project on Lake Lacawac and other Pocono region lakes. Her project is focused on understanding how long-term increases in precipitation in northeastern USA are affecting lake water clarity and water temperatures. Changes in clarity and temperature can impact water quality and the amount of suitable habitat for aquatic organisms. Dr. Smyth will begin her project in the summer of 2015.
Dr. Smyth joined the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Recent projects by Dr. Smyth span the globe from Michigan to China to the Southern Ocean. She is also an adjunct scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY and a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) which seeks to utilize high frequency sensor data to better understand and manage lake ecosystems.
Dr. Robert E. Moeller, a long-time friend and supporter of Lacawac Sanctuary, passed away in 2011. Robert was a limnologist (lake scientist) who spent many years at Lacawac conducting research on Lake Lacawac and other nearby Pocono lakes. Robert’s interests in limnology were broad and encompassed diverse topics including paleolimnology, aquatic botany, and the ecology of ultraviolet radiation. Throughout his career, Robert was generous in giving his time to help students and colleagues with their research. Robert’s generosity extended to his establishment of an endowed fund which supports promising students and faculty in limnology. To contribute to the fund, please send checks to Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Rd., Lake Ariel, PA 18436 and make payable to Lacawac Sanctuary – Moeller Fund.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit field station, nature preserve and environmental education center founded in 1966 for the purpose of protecting a gift by Arthur and Isabel Watres to facilitate research, education, and preservation. Located on Lake Wallenpaupack, Lacawac Sanctuary plays an important role in lake research and in the preservation of Lake Lacawac.
PHOTO: Dr. Robyn Smyth
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