Harmful algal blooms (HABs) threaten human and ecosystem health along the southeastern U.S., yet monitoring efforts in Georgia lag behind those of adjacent states, likely resulting in an underestimation of their prevalence in our coastal waters. Mallory Mintz, a master’s student at UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, will discuss her research on HAB species in the Skidaway River Estuary. Her project aims to measure the densities of HAB species over a two-year period, establish their seasonal timing, and explore their relationship with water quality parameters in the estuary.
Mintz will be joined by long-time Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant volunteer, Sandy Hager, who will talk about the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network and her experience as a citizen scientist monitoring phytoplankton in the Skidaway River.
This program is offered as part of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Saltwater Science Speaker Series at the UGA Aquarium. The series highlights impactful work by faculty and collaborators who are studying coastal issues and working with coastal communities.
Registration is required for the event and includes admission to the UGA Aquarium. Tickets are nonrefundable.
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