What is algae? What are harmful algal blooms? Why do they occur? What can we do about them? Join me for an overview of what is and is not an algal bloom, what makes them 'harmful' and what the state of science is related to understanding and addressing this problem and its impacts to the Great Lakes.
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Sonia Joshi - As Communications and Outreach Specialist, Sonia's primary role is to work with multiple stakeholder groups, such as drinking water operators, beach managers, and county environmental health officers, to identify and assess stakeholder needs related to harmful algal blooms and ecological forecasting to guide CILER and NOAA GLERL research. She also works to translate research, tools, and technology for stakeholders using social science methodologies and participatory action research approaches to assist local managers in decision-making. Prior to joining the CILER-GLERL team, Sonia worked for 9 years as Outreach Specialist for Michigan Sea Grant Extension coordinating stakeholder involvement and outreach programming with the GLERL based NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health. Sonia also worked for one year at the Ingham County Health Department- Bureau of Environmental Health and has experience in the non-profit sector.