A research scientist from Colorado is speaking at West Conn tonight as part of the Science at Night series. Dr. Kevin Kelly is a recognized leader in the study of zebra mussels.
Candlewood Lake Authority Executive Director Larry Marsicano says Dr. Kelly has been conducting cutting edge research on how to kill invasive zebra mussels. Dr. Kelly will survey potential test sites, meet with stakeholders and present his research to the public.
The Zebra Mussel task force was looking into the different methods researchers are using to detect the microscopic larval form in lakes. Marsicano says Dr. Kelly's theory is that carbon dioxide acts as a narcotic to the non-native freshwater shellfish, causing asphyxia. The technique appears to pose no threat to most other freshwater organisms in the system.
Tonight's lecture is free and open to the public. It's being held in room 125 of the Science Building on the midtown campus at 6:30pm.