Exploring the Dangers of Pollution

Tagged Sea Turtle

Photo by Jennifer Keller/NIST, from The New York Times

Much of the work our graduate students do has direct applicability to the issues facing society. So, it’s always interesting to hear about the research our students do, and how it impacts the larger world. Jared Ragland’s (Marine Biology) work is one such example. He’s spent years tracking the urgent problem of ocean pollutants and how they affect the East Coast’s loggerhead sea turtle population, and his study was recently published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In addition, he’s received the attention of the New York Times for his groundbreaking work.

Jared and his group found that the farther north the sea turtles traveled up the coast, the greater the amount of pollutants in their bloodstream. His work might be the first step in understanding the impact of man-made pollutants on this vitally important part of our marine ecosystem. You can read the full New York Times article here.


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