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What if? A Look at Alternative Energy in SheboyganPaul Pickhardt, Lakeland College associate professor of biology and chair of Lakeland's Natural Sciences Division
Pickhardt discussed the pros and cons of burning coal as an energy source at this Nov. 13 Thinkhaus event at Jake's Café. Touching on the history of the Edgewater Power Plant in Sheboygan, he challenged the audience to consider what Sheboygan could look like if a community-driven effort led to using alternative, sustainable energy sources.
An aquatic ecologist with a strong field work background, Pickhardt has published and presented extensively on this work. His area of expertise centers around the interactions of trace elements and contaminants - specifically mercury - on the biota at the base of aquatic food webs. Pickhardt partnered with fellow biology faculty member Greg Smith to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, and Pickhardt's dedication to environmental issues resulted in the college's participation in Focus the Nation to raise awareness about climate change. Pickhardt currently serves as Lakeland's representative to the Ellwood H. May (Maywood) Environmental Park's advisory board and he is an active steering committee member for the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE). Pickhardt, a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006, holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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