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Clarkson Graduate Student Awarded for Presentation at Great Lakes Research Consortium

Sonya M. Havens, a graduate student at Clarkson University studying environmental science and engineering, recently received a presentation award for her participation at the Great Lakes Research Consortium Student and Faculty Conference in Syracuse, N.Y. She collaborated with Clarkson University Department of Biology Assistant Professor Michael Twiss on her presentation titled "Iron Distributions in Relation to Phytoplankton Abundance and Nitrate Drawdown in the Surface Waters of Lake Erie."

Havens' presentation, part of the Limnology and Ecology category of the conference, discussed the importance of iron in large lakes towards the metabolic functions of phytoplankton, the microbial plant-like organisms that inhabit the upper regions of these lakes. Her research examined the relationship between the abundance and health of phytoplankton in surface waters in relation to the abundance of iron, an essential metal needed for proper growth and productivity of phytoplankton. Havens research is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. She participated on three research cruises on Lake Erie in the summer of 2005 as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) International Field Year in Lake Erie program.

The Great Lakes Research Consortium's annual conference attracts over 130 students and faculty each year to share and recognize research results. The conference allows an opportunity for guests to meet and share insights and information about Great Lakes-related research, academic programs, science and policy, and the Consortium's many programs. The Conference includes student symposia, research planning meetings, a faculty panel on new and emerging issues, a luncheon with awards for best student papers, and a banquet.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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