Brown Bag: Linking Water Quality With Aquatic Biodiversity In Rural Ugandan Communities

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Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series

This week, Suzanne Gray will discuss her Water Across the World project, where she works with students in rural Uganda and those in rural Ohio to connect them on issues of water quality in their respective communities.

“For the past seven years we have been combining our research interests in Uganda with community engagement activities to link human activities with water quality and biodiversity. Our research specifically addresses how important freshwater fishes respond to human-induced environmental change. For example, extensive deforestation leads to increased sediments in the water making it difficult or fishes to breathe, find food and mates and ultimately leading to loss of biodiversity. In doing this research in rural Uganda it is impossible to ignore the reliance of local communities on water sources and the fish found in them. In 2010 we initiated a conservation education program in western Uganda for teachers and school-age children to bring together our research and the community.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12-1 pm

Enarson Classroom Building Room 100 on the Ohio State University campus

The event is free and open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the conversation.

About the speaker

Suzanne Gray is an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Physiological Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State. Her research, which takes her across the world, investigates fish and aquatic ecosystem responses to multiple environmental stressors, both natural and anthropogenic.

About the Series

The Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series is a collaboration between the Center for African Studies and the Global Water Institute. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 12-1 in Enarson 100.

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Photo: Kiberu Mutebi, Suzanne Gray, and Tiffany Atkinson during a sampling day at the Ndyabusole swamps in Uganda, Africa. Source: Suzanne Gray.