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Phytoplankton, Harmful Algal Blooms, and the Water Quality Variables that Impact Them

September 8, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that make up the base of ocean food webs and important for all water bodies. However, some phytoplankton can produce toxins that have dire consequences for public health, water resources, and local economies. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a global concern in both freshwater and coastal systems, taking over a waterbody when there are optimal nutrients, light, temperature, salinity, water flow, and minimal competitors/predators. Graduate student, Taylor Armstrong, will go through what causes harmful algal blooms, what harmful algal bloom species occur in New Jersey, why they are increasing in frequency and duration, what is being done to combat harmful algal blooms, and her project working with the JC NERR as part of the Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship program.

Presented by: Maryland graduate student and Margaret A. Davidson Fellow, Taylor Armstrong

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