Feb. 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) “Green Living Seminar Series” will continue on Thursday, Feb. 22, with a presentation on “Innovative Strategies for Facilitating and Monitoring Fish Movement and Migration,” by Dr. Alex Haro, the fish passage engineering section leader at the United States Geologic Survey (USGS).

All “Green Living” seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this 11-part series is “Sustainability and the Role of Technology,” which focuses on ways that technology can improve how we manage our food, energy, and water systems, and also how we conserve natural resources.

Haro is a research ecologist at the USGS S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory in Turners Falls. His work involves migratory fish behavior, design, engineering, evaluation of fish passage structures, fish swimming performance, and ecology and management of American eels.

He also is an adjunct associate professor at the UMASS-Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, and serves as a major advisor for graduate students, as well as an instructor for courses in fisheries biology.

Haro received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.; a Master of Science degree in zoology from the University of Rhode Island in South Kingston, R.I.; and a Ph.D. from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

This spring’s Green Living Seminars will continue through April 12.

Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2018 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

For more information, go to or contact associate professor Dr. Elena Traister, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (413) 662-5303.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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