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Connecting inland waters to the Gulf of Maine

Story posted October 11, 2012

Ryan Peabody, '14 worked under the direction of Earth and Oceanographic Science professor Collin Roesler investigating algal blooms and coastal water flow utilizing data from the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS). Understanding exactly how fast coastal waters flow under certain conditions will also further our understanding of how algal blooms propagate. These blooms include Alexandrium fundyense, a toxic dinoflagellate that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans. Ryan received a Doherty Fellowship to conduct this research. See his final report, and fellowship presentation below.
[ Final Report ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]



ALexandrium bloom in Gulf of Maine, 2005
NOAA Fisheries closure map due to Alexandrium bloom, 2005