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Teegarden Wins Grant to Study Red Tide

Story posted October 10, 2001

Gregory J. Teegarden, visiting assistant professor of biology and environmental studies at Bowdoin College, is part of a research team recently awarded a $522,000 grant to study how zooplankton grazing in the Gulf of Maine affects red tide.

The research project, "The Role of Zooplankton Grazers in Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics," will study how the feeding behavior of zooplankton on Alexandrium, the species of toxic algae that causes red tide in the Gulf of Maine, contributes to either the proliferation or the termination of red tide.

Three institutions are collaborating on the project: Bowdoin; the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (the lead institution); and the Institute for Marine Biosciences in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The grant award was in response to a request for proposals from the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms program, which is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coast Ocean Program.

The program is supported by funds from the National Center for Environmental Research, Environmental Protection Agency; Coastal Ocean Program and Office of Protected Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce; Division of Ocean Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation; Office of Naval Research, Department of Defense; and Office of Earth Science, NASA.

Teegarden is working with a team of three other investigators on the project. His subcontract portion of the three-year grant is $109,673.

Gregory J. Teegarden joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999. He earned his B.A. at the University of Colorado-Boulder, his M.S. at the University of Maine-Orono, and his Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island. A biological oceanographer, he has been researching red tide in the Gulf of Maine since 1992.

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