News & Events
48th Annual Report now available online: The 2015 Annual Report of the Biological Field Station is available for viewing and download from our Publications page. The report includes submissions detailing the work conducted in 2015 utilizing BFS facilities, equipment, personnel, and/or of interest to the Otsego Lake watershed community. Printed copies of the full report are now available (as of May 9, 2016).
Goodbye to Jeane - As of April 2016 the BFS' long-time administrative assistant, Jeane Bennett-O'Dea, is bidding us farewell after 14 years of service. We wish her well in her new adventures and will sorely miss her organizational skills, botanical knowledge, and kind heart!
Welcome to Dan Stich! The BFS and Biology Department welcomed Dan to the faculty in August 2015. He will be working both on the main campus at the Cooperstown Campus in support of the Biology Department and Lake Management Graduate Programs.
Dr. Dan Stich, CLM. Dan joined the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department and Biological Field Station during Fall 2015. Before joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta, Dan earned a B.T at SUNY Cobleskill in Fisheries and Aquaculture, M.S. at Virginia Tech in Fisheries and Wildlife, and a Ph.D. at The University of Maine in Wildlife Ecology. His interests range in breadth from basic physiology of individual organisms to how individual traits can result in population-level trends and patterns across landscapes, and how trends in these various levels of biological organization influence natural resource management and decision making. Dan’s research uses information from field and laboratory studies, along with modern quantitative techniques and computer-based modeling, to understand complex problems faced by natural resource managers.
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.