New Milford graduate student contributes to WestConn's field work

The field work of Western Connecticut State University graduate studies students contributes to the management and conservation of the region’s freshwater natural resources, the university announced.

Among the students engaged in the field work is Robert Mordente of New Milford.

Students in the WCSU master’s degree program in integrative biological diversity recently took their studies from the classroom to the waters of Candlewood Lake, Bantam Lake and Lake Lillinonah to collect samples and data for scientific investigation of the ecological balance and biodiversity of these aquatic ecosystems.

Laurence Marsicano, adjunct professor of biological and environmental sciences at WCSU, led the field studies as part of his limnology course exploring the interrelationships of organisms found in these large regional lakes and their physical, chemical and biotic environments.

Marsicano observed that these studies make a significant contribution holding critical importance to furthering understanding of conservation strategies that environmental, governmental, civic and corporate stakeholders can take to protect these important natural resources, according to a press release.