Navigation Links
These shells don't clam up: Innovative technique to record human impact on coastal waters
Date:12/2/2008

With their sedentary lifestyles and filter-feeding habits, clams have been silent witnesses to the changes that humans have inflicted upon their waters. These clams are silent no more, as Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and her colleagues have reported in their recent paper in the prestigious journal Aquatic Biology. Using stable isotope techniques, Carmichael demonstrated it is possible to identify and trace wastewater inputs to estuaries and coastal food webs by studying the organic matrix in the shell of the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria.

This work presents a novel application of established biochemical techniques that can be applied to refine diet analyses for shellfish, trace nitrogen entry to coastal waters relative to changes in urbanization or climate, and help discern natural from human-driven influences on coastal ecosystems.

Using this new technique will allow coastal researchers and managers to document increases in waste loadings to coastal waters over longer periods of environmental change.

"This technique is exciting because it gives scientists and coastal managers a way to look into the past and trace human influences, in this case wastewater pollution, into local waters and ultimately into the organisms living there," said Dr. Carmichael. "Tools that help us define and trace specific sources of human-influence on our coastal waters are essential to inform management and future research efforts."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lisa Young
lyoung@disl.org
251-861-7509
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Elsevier launches Bioscience Hypotheses
2. Engineered eggshells to help make hydrogen fuel
3. Innovative civil engineering application promises cleaner waters
4. M2SYS Partners With Gnosis Medical Services to Provide Accurate Patient Identification in Developing Countries Through Innovative Biometrics Solution
5. NIST announces 56 new awards for innovative technology research and development
6. BIO-key International Showcasing Innovative Public Safety Solutions at 2007 IACP Conference
7. Einstein researchers receive grants totaling $700,000 for innovative breast cancer research
8. Raydiance collaborates with Rutgers, MTF to develop innovative tissue processing approaches
9. JDRF awards University of Copenhagen professor with grant to conduct innovative diabetes research
10. Innovative model connects circuit theory to wildlife corridors
11. Web-Hosted Attendance on Demand(R) Introduces Innovative Web Time Clock
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
These shells don't clam up:   Innovative technique to record human impact on coastal waters
(Date:4/11/2017)... 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized leader ... today announced that it has been awarded a ... Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack Detection ... "Innovation has been a driving force within Crossmatch ... allow us to innovate and develop new technologies ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Florida , April 11, 2017 ... a security technology company, announces the appointment of independent Directors ... Bendheim to its Board of Directors, furthering the company,s ... ... of NXT-ID, we look forward to their guidance and benefiting ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... , April 5, 2017 Today HYPR ... that the server component of the HYPR platform is ... providing the end-to-end security architecture that empowers biometric authentication ... HYPR has already secured over 15 million users across ... manufacturers of connected home product suites and physical access ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/26/2017)... Oakland, California (PRWEB) , ... July 26, 2017 ... ... Artificial Intelligence (AI) and leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology for Knowledge ... for exploring and discovering connections within data. Gruff provides novice users and graph ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... ... software solutions that enable short-run digital printing, is proud to announce that it ... free GHS Wizard online software available at avery.com/GHS . The products were ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... In this webinar ... of the considerations needed for designing ideal guide RNAs and DNA oligo or ... create targeted double-strand breaks in genomic DNA has greatly simplified strategies for precise ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... ... leveraging the years of diagnostic excellence by Mayo Clinic and the experience in ... suite will be distributed through the Microsoft Azure platform and will focus on ...
Breaking Biology Technology: