Category Archives: Bioassessment and Bioindicators of water quality

Gulf zooplankton recovery and the Deepwater Horizon spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a catastrophic man-made disaster that directly impacted oceanic aquatic ecology on land and sea. Even though the event took place in April 2010, it has continued to create a ripple effect across the Gulf of Mexico, particularly with water bodies, oceanic wildlife and communities along the Gulf coastline. To … Continue reading Gulf zooplankton recovery and the Deepwater Horizon spill

Zooplankton are eating plastic, creating possible problems for ocean life

Zooplankton might be some of the smallest creatures in the sea, but they are crucially important to oceanic aquatic ecology. In their tiny, hidden world under the water, they perform some of the most vital functions in the food chain. Not only does this impact the natural ebb and flow of the oceans, but it … Continue reading Zooplankton are eating plastic, creating possible problems for ocean life

Ohio calls for help as Lake Erie continues to suffer from toxic algae

The environmental conditions of the Great Lakes have been a great concern over the past decades, but 2015 proved to be a year rife with ecological challenges, especially in the case of Lake Erie. Throughout the Rust Belt, almost a century of environmental pollution, heavy lake-effect precipitation and recent climate change shifts have resulted in … Continue reading Ohio calls for help as Lake Erie continues to suffer from toxic algae

Study examines global warming’s effect on temperate rainforests

We have heard a lot about global warming and its impact on tropical rainforests – however, this phenomenon can have dramatic effects on temperate rainforests as well. A recent study published in BioScience examined the repercussions of glacier melt in temperate rainforest ecosystems, and how climate change will drive the future of nearshore aquatic ecology.