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Famed limnologist to share stories of research at Lake Tahoe

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Dr. Charles Goldman
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The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites the community to join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining presentation on the stories and history of five decades of scientific research at Lake Tahoe — and the challenges ahead.

Goldman’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Tahoe Science Center on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

UC Davis research at Lake Tahoe began with Goldman, according to the college. In 1959, he formed the Tahoe Research Group and began regularly monitoring Lake Tahoe.

“Goldman successfully combined effective research and social action with his pioneering studies of lake eutrophication — the dense growth of algae caused by pollution from fertilizers and sediment,” school officials said. “More than 40 years of extensive, internationally renowned investigations by Goldman provided clear evidence for the onset of eutrophication in Lake Tahoe.”

According to UC Davis, these findings have served as the underlying basis for nearly all major policy decisions regarding water quality in the Tahoe Basin, including exportation of sewage and solid waste, strict control on building, installation of major erosion control projects, protection of wetlands, and controls on dredging, among others.

Goldman recently retired from UC Davis, where he had been a professor since 1958. He developed the first courses in limnology (the study of fresh waters) and oceanography at the college.

Goldman’s presentation will follow an afternoon UC Davis Volunteer Docent Training session.

For details about the presentation or docent program, visit terc.ucdavis.edu/events.