Dr. Tim Sellers will discuss the state of the lake, current research, and what’s in store for the future of the lake

On the surface, Keuka Lake’s beauty has few rivals. But have you ever thought about what lies beneath its surface?

Explore how the lake lives and breathes, hear the secrets it harbors, and learn how the local community may be integral to its future during the next in Keuka College’s Lectures by the Lake series Friday, Aug. 19 from 3-5 p.m., in the College’s Geiser Dining Commons in Dahlstrom Student Center.

Dr. Tim Sellers, who serves as associate provost for academic innovation and professor of biology and environmental science, will discuss the state of the lake. He will also consider how this current state compares to our past, whether we are we getting better or worse, and forecast the lake’s future.

Following the lecture will be a wine and cheese reception featuring live acoustic music from Troy Cusson, instructional design manager for the College’s Center for Professional Studies.

“Big fish and clear waters are ‘end products,’ not the beginning,” says Dr. Sellers, who also serves as the director of the Center for Aquatic Research. “The health of Keuka Lake is not only important from social and environmental perspectives, but also from an economic viewpoint as well. With so many varied lake ‘users’—such as boaters, swimmers, homeowners, drinking water consumers—simple regulations can only go so far.”

Dr. Sellers will also examine the ‘invisible’ things that actually control the lake, and how our actions affect these things. He will also share some special secrets that actually make Keuka Lake unique and such an incredible lake system, identify some potential threats on the horizon, and discuss how can we work together to preserve the lake’s health.

“Gaining an understanding of how our lake functions helps bring everyone together for the common goal of lake health,” says Dr. Sellers. “The lake is a shared resource of incredible importance, so understanding what makes it tick means we can make better decisions regardless of how use and enjoy it.”

Understanding leads to ownership, he adds, and ownership leads to protection. 

“By better understanding the magic of what is happening beneath the gentle waves of Keuka Lake, we can ensure that Keuka Lake will thrive into the future,” says Dr. Sellers. 

Dr. Sellers, a member of the Keuka College faculty since 2002, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds both a master’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the University of Louisville.

Join others as Dr. Sellers dives deep into this amazing gem called Keuka Lake. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes the lecture as well as the wine and cheese reception to follow.

Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to pre-register online at keuka.edu/go/lecture. Reservations may also be made by phone at 315-279-5602, or make checks payable to Keuka College and mail to: Office of Community Family Relations, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. The reservation deadline is Friday, Aug. 12.

For more information, call 315-279-5602 or e-mail community@keuka.edu.

Keuka College’s Lectures by the Lake series is designed for community members to learn about topics of regional interest from some of the College’s revered subject-matter experts.

If you go

What: Lecture by the Lake series

When: 3-5 p.m. Aug. 19

Where: Geiser Dining Commons, Dahlstrom Student Center, Keuka College

Tickets: $15

Reservations: keuka.edugo/lecture or 315-279-5602