Our study documenting microcystin poisoning of while pelicans at the Birmingham Zoo is finally out. Since this project started, we have worked with the zoo to improve the water quality of the moats to protect animal health. Nice job leading this effort, Stephanie! McCain, S., R. R. Sim, E. W. Howerth, S. Aschenbroich, S. G.M. Kirejczyk, B. McHale, C. Jerry, J. J. Kottwitz, A. E. Wilson, and R. McManamon. 2020. Myonecrosis and death due to presumed microcystin toxicosis in American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhyncos). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine51(2):407-415. (PDF)
We just learned that our project focused on taste and odor producing organisms was funded by the Ocean University China – Auburn University Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Science. What a great way to start the new year! We need to find some new students to join the team to help complete this project!
My past MS tudent, Brie Olsen, who is an ecologist with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality recently helped with the creation of her state’s harmful algal bloom management plan. This is an excellent resource. Nice job, Brie!