On Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 7pm, the Maritime Speaker Series at the Door County Maritime Museum continues with an exploration of the past, present and future of the Green Bay aquatic and fisheries community. Dr. Patrick S. Forsythe, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay will review some of the remarkable and important changes that have occurred in the aquatic community of Green Bay over the past 100 years due to natural and human-induced forces. He will describe the current state of the bay as it relates to the fisheries community, and explore how UW-GB and other agencies are collaborating to ensure that we continue to “swim” in a sustainable direction.     

Dr. Patrick S. Forsythe is the principle investigator of the Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Laboratory and Chair of the Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program. He has published 25 peer-reviewed articles to date on various topics ranging from general fish ecology to the formations of geological structures. His laboratory works on a wide range of research topics with emphasis on reproductive ecology across numerous fish species including northern pike, lake whitefish, yellow perch, lake sturgeon and bowfin. He actively collaborates with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Brown County, the Nature Conservancy, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, University of Notre Dame and Central Michigan University.

The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs dealing with everything from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on it. The programs are held the first Thursday of each month November through April beginning at 7pm. The Maritime Speaker Series is held in the Reddin Bridge Room at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free of charge with a suggested non-perishable food donation.

Be sure to check out the upcoming speakers in the series:

February 7, 2019 – Jake Heffernan, “Lighthouses of Door County”

March 7, 2019 – Tom Wenstadt, “Title XI Vessels Built in Door County”

April 4, 2019 – Speaker TBA