Dr. Heiss, a chemistry professor at King’s College, has been awarded a $2,000 grant for her research on NITROGEN CYCLING IN LAKE LACAWAC: INVESTIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS ON WATER COLUMN NITRIFICATION. Ms. Pilla, a PhD student at Miami has also been awarded a $2,000 grant for her research entitled: Mapping the Metabolic Landscape for Threatened Zooplankton Taxa in Lakes.
Dr. Robert E. Moeller, a long-time friend and supporter of the Lacawac Sanctuary passed away in late May 2011 at the age of 62. Robert was a limnologist, a researcher who studied the structure and function of lakes and the organisms that live in them. He was always generous in giving his time to help students and colleagues with their research. Robert’s love of limnology and devotion to research led his work to be the centerpiece of his life. His breadth of understanding in limnology was impressive and ranged from aquatic botany and paleolimnology to the contemporary ecology of phytoplankton and zooplankton. His focus in more recent years was on the ecology of ultraviolet radiation and its effects on zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions.
Robert’s generosity extended to his establishing an endowed fund which will support Robert Estabrook Moeller Research Fellow awards to college and university students and faculty to do limnological research on Lake Lacawac and other Pocono region lakes.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a biological field station and environmental education center located on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. The station has been conducting scientific research and educating the public since 1966. More information on Lacawac can be found at lacawac.org.