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Greenwich Talk Takes On Non-Native Species Invading Long Island Sound

George Kraemer, professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Purchase, will discuss “Aliens! Invasion of the Long Island Sound Estuary,” as part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center in Greenwich Point Park.
George Kraemer, professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Purchase, will discuss “Aliens! Invasion of the Long Island Sound Estuary,” as part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center in Greenwich Point Park. Photo Credit: Submitted

GREENWICH, Conn. -- George Kraemer, professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Purchase, will discuss “Aliens! Invasion of the Long Island Sound Estuary,” as part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center in Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich.

The discussion will take place Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.

Kraemer’s talk will summarize local research concerning the introduction of non-native species with a focus on the Asian shore crab and the red seaweed called Grateloupia.

“Globalization of world trade has brought an influx of unwanted hitchhikers,” Kraemer said. “Non-native plants and animals have the potential to cause both ecological and economic harm.”

Trained as a marine ecologist, Kraemer’s research focuses on non-native species impacts and aquaculture. His work has taken him from California, Mexico and Florida to Dubai, Japan and Italy.

The program also includes a live-animal marine touch tank and low-tide scavenger hunt for all ages from 1:30-4 p.m.

For more information, contact Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org.

The Seaside Center is in the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich.

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