Lake Symposium 2021

Does Climate Change Impact Our Lakes?

7 p.m. – Larry Marsicano, Aquatic Ecosystem Research LLC, WCSU Limnology Instructor, will introduce the topic and speaker.

7:10 p.m. – David C. Richardson, Professor, Biology Department, New Paltz, who will discuss “Lake Warming and Increased Stratification at Mohonk Lake Across Northeastern North American Lakes.”

7:45 p.m. – Audience Q & A

8 p.m. – Dr. Ben Burpee,  Ph.D., Limnologist, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc, Coventry, CT who will discuss "Ecological Effects of Recent Climate Change on Southern New England Lakes and Reservoirs: Implications for Water Quality and Management"

8:30 p.m. – Audience Q & A

8:45 p.m. – Symposium summary and “Where do we go from here?”

Registration is required. Register at A custom link will be emailed on the day of the talk.

For more information, please contact Dr. Theodora Pinou, professor of Biology, at

Representative Experts and Speakers

Laurence Marsicano, Lake Communities Symposium Co-organizer,  Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Limnologist & WCSU Biology Instructor.

Larry obtained his B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in 1988 and his M.A. from Connecticut College in 1993.  He managed the Freshwater Ecology Laboratory at Connecticut College for Dr. Peter Siver from 1990 to 1997 which specialized in paleolimnology and regional lake water quality studies.  His publications can be viewed at the Silica Secchi Disk website.  In 1998 he was hired by the Candlewood Lake Authority and in 2003 became the Executive Director of that public lake management agency, the largest lake in Connecticut.  He held that position until 2017 when he became a Principal Partner at Aquatic Ecosystem Research, LLC.  He also teaches limnology to graduate students in the WCSU MS in Integrative Biological Diversity Program.

What do we want from our lakes?

A Fall Science at Night seminar series for the public, students, and scientists interested in local lake conservation and management.

Based on the conversation started in 2019, stakeholders will be able to understand how they can help prioritize economic interests in Connecticut Lakes.

Co-sponsored by Connecticut Federation of Lakes

October 26, 7-9 p.m.

“Using data to assess our lakes.”

7 p.m. – Theodora Pinou will Introduce the topic, and the speaker.

7:10 p.m. – Edward Machowski, CT DEEP, Lake habitat sustainability and ecosystem balance in CT lake management.

7:40 p.m. – Questions to speaker from audience

8:00 - 9 p.m. – Reflecting on the Lake Risk Assessment Educational Instrument by regional Lake communities.  Feedback of Risk Assessment Instrument – How does your Lake score and what does it mean?  Where do we go from here?

For more information, please contact Dr. Theodora Pinou, professor of Biology, at

2020 Lake Symposium