Water Quality and Plankton Analysis

Plankton are the base of the ocean food web and just like us, marine creatures need clean, healthy water to survive!

Students assist staff scientists in examining the chemical, physical and biological parameters important in monitoring water quality. Students are involved in collecting water samples, classifying plankton populations, and recording and analyzing their data. Students use hand-held computers/tools to examine physical and chemical water quality parameters: temperature, salinity, pH, turbidity, etc. Students investigate the role of plankton in the marine food web and how they can be used as important water quality bio-indicators. Students explore the human-related factors that impact water quality and ultimately threaten marine life and ecosystem health. Students discuss their findings and present their work to their peers and staff scientists.

To find out more about our marine science projects and options for community service and academic credit, please contact our Director of Marine Science.

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