Status and Trends of Harmful Algal Blooms in Skaneateles Lake

The Skaneateles Lake Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Action Plan was published in 2017 in order to lay out a comprehensive approach to minimize the frequency and intensity of HABs in Skaneateles Lake. One recommendation of the HAB Action Plan was to perform a modelling effort to better understand the sources of nutrients potentially contributing to HABs, the lake dynamics, and to inform the development of a Nine Elements Watershed Plan.

As a run-up to that modelling effort, a data gap and trend analysis have been conducted to understand what data are available now to support modelling, what those data say about the status and trends of the lake, and what data are needed to conduct the recommended modelling. The findings of this analysis suggest that the lake is responding in complex and unexpected ways to a variety of stressors including invasive species and climate change.

During the forum, we discussed the findings of the analysis in detail and actions for next steps.

 

Presenter: 

Anthony Eallonardo Jr., PhD, PWS

Technical Manager, OBG, Part of Ramboll
 
Tony is OBG’s applied ecology lead focusing on ecological restoration and clean water planning efforts. Dr. Eallonardo has managed a wide range of ecological restoration design and implementation projects, phytotechnology applications, multi-agency planning efforts, as well as ecological assessments and mapping projects. He is a co-lead of the Prevention committee within ITRC’s (Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council’s) Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms team.
 

Dave Matthews, PhD

Director, Upstate Freshwater Institute
 
Dave serves as Director of the Upstate Freshwater Institute. He has conducted fundamental and applied research on over 100 lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in New York. His research interests include nutrient loading and cycling in lakes, the eutrophication and recovery of lakes, harmful algal blooms, mercury cycling, ammonia toxicity, and the influence of sediment processes on water quality. Dr. Matthews has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.
 

Elizabeth Moran, PhD

President, EcoLogic
 
Liz has over 30 years of experience in water resources management, with a focus on limnology and water quality. As President of EcoLogic, she has led many projects addressing emerging water quality challenges to lakes, rivers, and watersheds.
 
 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

SyracuseCoE Partners Present: Bringing Hyperspectral Imaging Into the Mainstream, by Corning

Spectroscopy is the branch of science concerned with the investigation and measurement of spectra when matter reflects electromagnetic radiation. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) sensors and systems cover many dozens to hundreds of spectral bands contiguously.
 
New energy and environmental research potential for UAVs within Corning’s HSI sensors. Over the past ten years, the size, weight and cost of HSI Sensors have come down dramatically and enabled integration with small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) now FAA-approved for use in a wide range of commercial applications. This, combined with user-friendly image processing software and the development of many software applications leveraging HSI is fueling a rapidly growing market for HSI sensors and applications, notably in agriculture, environmental and food quality and safety applications. 
 
In this Research & Technology Forum, Richard Zacaroli, Business Development Manager, Commercial Hyperspectral Products with Corning, introduced the background and expertise of Corning and how its innovations of the HSI sensors are exploring research potentials in agriculture, food quality and safety, and other new energy and environmental applications. 
 

Presenter: 

Richard Zacaroli

Business Development Manager, Commercial Hyperspectral Products with Corning, Inc.
 
Richard (Rich) Zacaroli is Business Development Manager, Commercial Hyperspectral Products with Corning, Inc., has over 40 years of experience in the Electro-Optics industry, primarily in the airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and remote sensing sectors.
 
Rich has an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management with a certificate in Change Management, and a BS in Business Administration from Wichita State University.
 
Rich’s current focus is developing strategies, market channels and partnerships to grow Corning’s share of commercial and industrial markets for hyperspectral imaging technology and products, notably in agriculture, environmental and quality assurance applications. 
 
 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

From Battlefield to Barn: Innovative Environmental Sensors Adapted to Detect Disease in Dairy Cows

During Operation Desert Storm, SRC developed portable, early-detection systems that would save the lives of troops that were subjected to chemical or biological attacks. Acumen Detection, now is adapting this technology to revolutionize the dairy industry by helping farmers protect the health of their herds.
 
The contagious disease mastitis is a problem for the dairy industry worldwide; in the U.S. alone, the impact exceeds $2 billion annually. Acumen Detection has worked with researchers at Cornell University to develop innovative assays and incorporate real-time detection for dairy pathogens.
 
This means farmers can detect and treat mastitis early avoiding the spread of infection that results in millions in lost production and culling of diseased cows.
 
Acumen Detection is leveraging the academic resources of Central New York’s Innovation Crossroads district, with R&D laboratories, offices and manufacturing at SyracuseCoE and the neighboring CNY Biotech Accelerator.
 
In the May Research and Technology Forum, the representatives from Acumen Detection, introduced how they developed the research on the early-detections systems and advanced this technology to apply to the dairy industry. Dr. Rinzan explained the method she improved and applied to the research. Director Lumia of the Production Department introduced the product that developed for this technology for getting the time-saving and more accurate outcomes. And Technology Director Dorion explained the mechanism behind the technology.
 
We also discussed the potential of this project and its benefit and efficiency for the dairy industry. Of which, eventually, Acumen Detection’s mission is “committed to keeping dairy farms healthy and profitable with advanced technologies that enable faster, more informed management decisions”. 
 

Presenters: 

Chuck Stormon

CEO, Acumen Detection
 
Chuck earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has cofounded six successful companies and a venture fund for seed stage startups. His background includes executive leadership positions in both public and private companies, research, engineering, board directorships and faculty at two universities (Syracuse University and LeMoyne College).

Dr. Fathima Rinzan

Director of Microbiology, Acumen Detection

Fathima (Faraz) has been with Acumen’s R&D team since the beginning; she contributed tremendously to the development of revolutionary assays and a milk prep kit to screen for bovine mastitis. Faraz brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and has a unique set of skills acquired through working in diverse settings, such as biocide, biotech, and food manufacturing industries, clinical labs and academia. Faraz holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an M.S. in Microbiology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. She is currently pursuing an MBA.

Angelina Lumia

Director of Production, Acumen Detection

Angelina leads manufacturing while making sure all the laboratories are safe and in compliance. Angelina is a co-author of a published article in the American Chemical Society Biomaterials Science and Engineering Journal. The article is based on her senior research project from SUNY ESF. Angelina holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from SUNY ESF and is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at SUNY Oswego.

Benjamin Dorion

Director of Technology, Acumen Detection

Ben is Director of Technology, in charge of Acumen Detection’s software and hardware platforms. His department manages our inventory, provides support to the sales team and fields customer support requests. Prior to joining Acumen Detection, Ben was Corporate Quality Analyst with Byrne Dairy. Ben has a BS degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Binghamton University and a MPS in Web Development and Informatics from Fort Hays State University. Ben is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at SUNY Oswego.
 
 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.