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Maumee River focus of next ‘Quantum Leap’ research talk

Members of the Toledo community can learn more about what’s going on in their own backyards at “The Maumee River and Its Watershed” Tuesday, March 20.

The next panel discussion in the “Quantum Leap: Science Made Easy” series will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the McMaster Center in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St.

The free, public talk will cover not just the Maumee River, but its entire watershed area, which includes tributaries and wetlands across northwest Ohio.

“Everything we do affects the Maumee River, which in turn affects the water we use and the food we eat,” said Dr. Elsa Nadler, director of grants development in Research and Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Tom Bridgeman, Dr. Hans Gottgens, Dr. Alison Spongberg and Dr. Daryl Dwyer, all UT faculty whose research is concentrated on the Maumee River watershed, will speak at this session.

Their talks will cover a wide range of issues, including the use of native plants to sequester and remove pollutants, the effects of runoff substances on plants and wildlife, and the conditions that promote the growth of algae.

“The goal of the series is to introduce UT research and UT researchers to the community,” Nadler said. “We all live here together, but there is not always a good understanding of what researchers do and why their work is important.”

The “Quantum Leap” series is co-sponsored by The University of Toledo and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.