Dr. Hamdy Helal
West Shore Community College’s semester long exploration of water issues concludes on April 16, at 12:30 p.m., with a presentation by WSCC’s own Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Hamdy Helal, entitled, “You Are What You Eat: The Nature and Consequences of Aquatic Food-Web Dynamics.” The presentation will be held in the college’s Center Stage Theater.
Dr. Helal will discuss freshwater ecosystems and their impact on human health. Drawing from his life-long study of both global and local water ecosystems, Helal will seek to increase awareness of such health impacts as fish consumption advisories in the Great Lakes.
“We want to invite the entire community to this important presentation because we all have a stake in better understanding the importance of the health of our lakes for our own health and well-being,” says Professor of English and Education Sean Henne, one of the organizers of the water series.
Dr. Helal has advanced degrees from the University of Mansoura in Egypt and Ohio State University. His graduate work focused on freshwater quality issues, and he has been able to consider such issues in multiple cultural and scientific contexts on his lifelong journey to understand freshwater ecosystems from both local and global perspectives.
During his 19 years at WSCC, Helal has added many courses in aquatic science and aquatic biology to the curriculum. He will also offer a special Lake Biology course this summer.
Throughout the winter semester, students have been considering the role water plays in their lives and have heard presentations from experts on marine archeology and hydrogeology as well as by noted environmental author Jerry Dennis.
Students have been conducting their own research on issues such as invasive species in the Great Lakes, groundwater quality, the role of water in human health, and a new exhibit of WSCC student art in the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery features works with a water theme.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement