News & Events
47th Annual Report now available online: The 2014 Annual Report of the Biological Field Station is available for viewing and download from our Publications page. The report includes 31 submissions detailing work conducted in 2014 utilizing BFS facilities, equipment, personnel, and/or of interest to the Otsego Lake watershed community. Printed copies of the full report (281 pages in length) will be available in May 2015.
Congratulations to our 2015 Undergraduate Interns! Applications were received from 25 undergraduate students to fill 8 internship positions - the number and great quality of applications made for a difficult review and selection process. Faculty and staff of the BFS look forward to welcoming these students to our summer research program. Applications for High School students will be accepted until Friday April 10, 2015.
Dr. W.H. David Wong has moved on to another opportunity. The BFS family is sad to see Dr. Wong leave, though we wish him all the best in his new position with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; his expertise and infectious enthusiasm will be greatly missed. Dr. Wong will maintain connections with graduate students under his mentorship so that they may complete research projects currently underway.
2nd Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Day: Friday, August 1, 2014 BFS Faculty, staff, students and volunteersspent the day surveying the Otsego Lake shoreline for exotic species. No new exotic species were observed! This was only the second official AIS Awareness Day, but the BFS has long set aside the first Sunday in August as a day of community service focused on Otsego Lake. Historically, Otsego Lake Clean-Up Day was held the first Sunday in August as a BFS service project where lake-related debris and trash (broken dock parts, discarded tires, abandoned lawn chairs, etc.) were collected from landowners' docks and brought to Lake Front Park in Cooperstown. The Village of Cooperstown handled disposal of the debris once it was on shore. In recent years the quantity of debris declined markedly and so the BFS has shifted their focus toward a thorough inspection of the shoreline for invasive species.
Dr. Kiyoko Yokota, CLM. Dr. Yokota started her appointment with the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department and the Biological Filed Station in Fall 2013. She earned her BS in Biology with ecology emphasis and a minor in Environmental Studies at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota and Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at University of Minnesota. She worked as an environmental consultant within a civil engineering firm in Tokyo, Japan, and her assignments included environmental impact assessment for proposed dam sites, water quality management projects for existing dams, and habitat restoration projects for lakes and wetlands. She was trained as a limnologist with a specialization in phytoplankton population dynamics and received the Croasdale Fellowship from the Phycological Society of America in 2003. Kiyoko, with collaboration with the BFS staff and interns, plans to soon complete the first round of phytoplankton community characterization for Otsego Lake as well as to start experiments with laboratory cultures of locally important algae, such as those forming harmful algal blooms (HABs). In addition to serving as a member of the Lake Management graduate faculty, she also mentors several undergraduate students with their research projects, including investigation of mercury bioaccumulation in fish (with assistance from NYSDEC, Syracuse University, and BFS’s own Dr. Reyda), survey of plankton community in an Alaskan glacial lake, and study of benthic diatoms in a stream. She is certified as a Certified Lake Manager (CLM) by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) and currently serves as the Technical Advisor for the Otsego Lake Association.