Angela Cross ’15 collects plankton samples on Great Pond. (Photo courtesy Maine EPSCoR)

MPBN TV’s Emmy-nominated science series Sustainable Maine opens its second season with a show titled “Saving Our Lakes,” which features seven Colby professors and numerous student researchers.

Interdisciplinary analysis of the environment and the economy of the Belgrade Lakes is helping researchers understand the dynamics among environmental, biogeochemical, and socioeconomic systems in a study that is a model for other lake systems in Maine.

The program debuts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, and the episode will repeat at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, and will be available online. The MPBN webpage about “Saving Our Lakes” includes links to information about Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King, Professor of Economics Michael Donihue ’79, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Jim Fleming, and Associate Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier.

Faculty from Colby’s departments of chemistry, geology, and biology and from the environmental studies and the science, technology, and society programs are collaborating with conservation groups including the Maine Congress of Lake Associations, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Maine Lakes Resource Center, and Belgrade Lakes Association.

Other programs in the Sustainable Maine series this fall are about the emerald ash borer, which threatens brown ash trees used for Maine Native Americans’ baskets, and about the importance of conserving vernal pools. The shows are part of a continuing partnership between Maine EPSCoR at UMaine and MPBN. EPSCoR is an acronym for the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.