Feb. 9, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) “Green Living Seminar Series” will continue on Thursday, Feb. 15, with a presentation on “How a Network of Real-Time Sensors is being used to Understand and Manage the Hudson River,” by Dr. Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist and senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.
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.
Findlay has conducted research on a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems including streams, lakes, large rivers and wetlands.  His primary focus has been on element and material cycling and processes with an emphasis on microbial processes. Much of his research has been carried out in the tidal freshwater Hudson River, where he has described the importance of microbial growth and how different microbes and other organisms contribute to whole-system nutrient budgets. 

Finlay helped to implement the Hudson River Environmental Observing System, a network of real-time water quality sensors intended to capture effects of events and detect subtle trends in environmental variables. His recent research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the Hudson River Foundation. 

He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters. Findlay serves on several advisory committees, including the Hudson River Estuary Management Committee for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Long Island Sound Science and Technical Advisory Committee. 

Findlay, who earned is Ph.D from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., has received many awards, including the National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute in 2015, and an Environmental Quality Award from EPA Region 2 in 2013.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Freshwater Science and editor-in-chief for Aquatic Sciences. 

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.
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