Phytoplankton Monitoring at Kingsley Plantation

Student: Gabrielle Nelson

Community Partner: National Park Service

This project occurred over the course of five weeks. It was a joint effort between the National Park Service at Kingsley Plantation and undergraduates a part of the Environmental leadership program of the IERE. Our mission was to find designated target species that can be harmful to human and wildlife health at elevated levels. Dinoflagellates ,such as Karenia brevis or Ceratium furca, can produce toxins that kill surrounding wildlife and cause neurotoxic shellfish poisoning in humans Sampling was conducted at the Kingsley Plantation Shoreline. Samples were first collected using a net-tow, and then brought back to the microscope for analyzing. A few target species were found but were not occurring at elevated levels. Other organisms such as copepods and nontarget phytoplankton.