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Biologist Roy Bouchard to speak on the UMFK campus

October 22, 2010




The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host environmental speaker Roy Bouchard, biologist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Land and Water Quality Control, on Thursday, October 28 at 2 p.m. in UMFK Cyr Hall, room 209.

The presentation is part of the Environmental Speaker Series on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Bouchard will speak on the Maine Ecological Reserve System and Baseline Aquatic Monitoring, with a focus specifically on aquatic systems in the Deboullie Township.    
Bouchard coordinates the Maine Lake Assessment and Invasive Species Programs, which includes a staff of seven and extensive interactions with outside non-governmental and private sector organizations, including granting extra-mural program support. The program includes geographic analysis of lake water quality conditions, watershed and lake response modeling, development of watershed and lake protection tools, and interpretation of lake water quality information for the general public. Duties also include diagnostic–feasibility studies for lake water quality restoration. The program promotes research into lake processes and responses, including bioassessment and trend detection.
Recent professional emphasis has been on assessing the potential for preventing introductions of invasive aquatic species to lakes, including policy options and public outreach efforts. Other professional interests include evaluation of riparian habitat value, baseline biological inventories of Ecological Reserves, dissolved oxygen dynamics of lakes, internal phosphorus recycling mechanisms, and lake trophic assessment.
Bouchard received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry in 1972 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. In 1986, he received a Master of Science in water resources management from the University of Wisconsin.
The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year. 
For more information on the presentation or the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dr. Steven Selva at (207) 834-7617.