News & Events
DATE CHANGE: 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.
Bioblitz! Wednesday, July 30, 2014 BFS Faculty, staff, and interns will survey the Otsego Land Trust's Compton Bridge Conservation Area to document the species present throughout the property. Event is open to the public, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Compton Bridge Conservation Area is near the confluence of Oaks Creek and the Susquehanna River on Route 11C (runs between Rtes 28 and 33), south of Cooperstown, NY.
Bioblitz! Tuesday, July 15, 2014 BFS Faculty, staff, and interns will survey the Otsego Land Trust's Fetterley Forest Conservation Area to document the species present throughout the property. Event is open to thepublic, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Fetterley Forest Conservation Area is on Panther Mountain, on Roses Hill Road, Richfield, NY.
Otsego Lakes Festival: Saturday, July 12, 2014 12 to 5pm. Join us in Cooperstown's Lakefront Park for the afternoon to celebrate the waters of Otsego County. The festival includes music, children's art & science activities, exhibits and displays, food, and more. The Biological Field Station will have interactive displays for kids (and adults!) with lake and pond life for live viewing. Visit the Otsego County Conservation Association's website for more details.
Faculty Highlights: 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.
Dr. David Wong, CLM. Dr. Wong became a faculty member in the Fall of 2012. He is shared by the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department and the Biological Field Station. He is interested in aquatic ecology, aquatic toxicity, pollution ecology, and ecological modeling. He has studied the ecology and physiology of bivalve mollusks and other shellfish for 22 years; he is especially interested in quagga and zebra mussels. His past research on aquatic invasive species has helped to establish national standards for watercraft decontamination. His current research is on the biology, control, and management of zebra mussels in Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna River. David is the driving force behind the establishment of the Technical Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species (TCANS), which is currently in development. TCANS will be composed of a team of worldwide experts currently conducting research on different types of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). This team will serve as a source of sound science, innovative technology and knowledge in control and managment of ANS and sustainable development of lakes, reservoirs, rivers and coastal areas. In Dr. Wong's vision, the Center is designed to provide services including early detection, prevention, control and restoration technologies related to ANS.