Summer project combines outdoor water research, pharmaceuticals, and the food web
Two George Mason University students, Heather Nortz and Michael Rollins, both majoring in environmental science, jumped at the chance to participate in a summer project exploring the health of the freshwater Potomac River environment.
The 10-week project examines the ecosystem’s health through food web dynamics and the presence of pharmaceutical chemicals in Gunston Cove and Hunting Creek, both of which feed into the Potomac.
George Mason’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center coordinates the program with co-principal investigators Kim de Mutsert and Amy Fowler. Student grants came from Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR). Additional research grants came from Virginia Sea Grant and Mason’s Patriot Green Fund.
The research adds to the center’s broad spectrum of environmental inquiry and exploration. It also is invaluable to the hands-on student experience.
Read the full article on Mason News published on 8/11/2017…