For Immediate Release September 19, 2013 MSU ecologist to examine Enbridge spill at “Dessert with Discussion” Hickory Corners

, Mich.— A Michigan State University aquatic ecologist will discuss 2010’s Enbridge oil spill at a free community event scheduled for Tuesday, October 8. Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton, MSU Professor of Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry, based at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Hickory Corners, will present “The Kalamazoo River oil spill: Catastrophe and recovery" as part of KBS’s Dessert with Discussion lecture series, this year marking 50 years of aquatic ecology research at the biological station. The July 2010 pipeline rupture near Marshall, Mich. sent millions of gallons of tar sands crude oil into the Kalamazoo River system, creating the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Dr. Hamilton will provide an update on the cleanup and status of the river ecosystem and will examine the spill’s implications for national and international energy policy. Dr. Hamilton serves as an independent advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has provided local knowledge and scientific advice to the emergency response, cleanup and remediation efforts. He is president of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, and has been interviewed by numerous national media outlets, including NPR, National Geographic and the New York Times. Local conservation organizations will be also on hand at the event to talk about their work in protecting our region's waters. Event sponsors include the Four Townships Water Resources Council, the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, and MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. Dessert with Discussion takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the KBS Academic Center Auditorium, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners. Dessert, tea and coffee will be served free of charge. Call (269) 671-2015 for more information or visit the KBS website at kbs.msu.edu/events/dessert-with-discussion. The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station is Michigan State University’s largest off-campus education complex and one of North America's premier inland field stations. KBS's mission is focused on ecological and environmental research, education and community outreach. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Alison Black Communications Coordinator, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station blackali@msu.edu (269) 671-2015

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