Global Health Tuesday addresses water, women and fisheries – Sept. 26

Africa’s Lake Victoria supports the largest freshwater lake fishery on earth, providing food, water and livelihoods for Ugandans, Tanzanians and Kenyans. But the vital water source is being threatened from many sides. What can be done about it?

Jessica Corman, a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Limnology, will answer this question and more at the next Global Health Tuesday, “Water, Women and Fisheries” on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 1010 of the Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Ave.

Nutrient loading from wastewater and agricultural runoff has polluted the lake, and, compounded with increased resource demands and climate change, has reduced water quality. The ecological, health and economic effects disproportionately affect women. Corman received a 2016 Global Health Institute Seed Grant to investigate the impact of nutrient pollution and invasive species with the aim of identifying local solutions to water quality challenges.

Corman is a limnologist and ecologist working at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology. She studies nutrient cycling in lakes and streams, linking biogeochemical processes with water quality. She earned her doctoral degree from Arizona State University and will be starting a new position as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2017.