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2:15 p.m.
Sex and Drugs and Rocks unRolled: the treacherous lives of the benthos

"Sex and Drugs and Rocks unRolled: the treacherous lives of the benthos" Invertebrates are widespread and important members of aquatic ecosystems, and may serve as indicator-species when assessing levels of environmental stress or habitat quality. In addition to natural biological (e.g., mating interactions and predation risk) and environmental (thermal and water-quality fluctuations) stressors, benthic organisms living in shallow waters are challenged by exposure to anthropogenic pollutants, including chemicals present in bottom sediments or dissolved in the water. This talk will focus on Professor McCarthy’s recent studies examining two very common types of benthic, freshwater invertebrates: snails and crayfish. Given the abundance and importance of crayfish and hermaphroditic snails in aquatic ecosystems, it is important to understand how both natural and human-induced disruptions to the physiology, life-history characteristics, and mating systems affect these species and the communities in which they live. About Nexus Nexus is a seminar series presented by the faculty at Utica College in which they discuss their research interests and scholarly pursuits. It is an opportunity for participants to explore new findings and viewpoints and share ideas with faculty, students, and the local community. All lectures are held in Willard Conference Room, DePerno Hall. Refreshments are served at 2:15 p.m.; seminars begin at 2:30.