Improving Water Quality
Nitrogen and the Anthropocene: Health and Sustainability Issues
Nitrogen, a major biogeochemical, its' presence in the environment in soluble, bioavailable form has been dramatically impacted by the Anthropocene and only partially regulated. Engage in discussing the implications for health and a sustainable environment and what action needs to be taken.
Catherine Zeman, Ph.D., M.S., RN, Professor, University of Northern Iowa
FlashTalkPlus: Advanced Modelling and Water Quality Monitoring Techniques
Managing larger river basins during drought is complex. The objective of this study is to highlight advanced low flow forecasting and increasing demands of water quality monitoring techniques in order to manage competing water resource needs in a growing population and climate change uncertainties.
Tolessa Deksissa, Ph.D., Director of Water Resources Research Institute, CAUSES, University of the District of Columbia
Pradeep Behera, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering Department, SEAS, University of the District of Columbia
Nian Ashlee Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, SEAS, University of the District of Columbia
Arash Massoudieh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Catholic University of America
Source Tracking Metabolically-Active Bacteria From Rainwater to Produce
There is a growing interest in using rooftop harvested rainwater to irrigate food crops, however, little research has evaluated levels of viable bacteria in these waters. By using a novel technique that couples DNA labeling and sequencing, we can track viable bacteria from rainwater to produce
Leena Malayil, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland
Molecular Inclusion Complexes of CLD and β-HCH with CD's for Water Treatment
CLD and β-HCH causes severe affectations to health. Their interaction with several cyclodextrins(CD) for water depollution was studied. The more stable complexes were obtained for γ-CD. These results suggest the feasibility of using CDs for the management, purification and water treatment.
Queiroz Portorreal, Masters of Engineering Student, Research Assistant, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo
Oxybenzone Sunscreen Alters Stress and Behavioral Patterns in Sheepshead Minnows
Oxybenzone sunscreen alters cortisol levels and behavioral patterns in Sheepshead Minnows. Minnows were exposed to varying doses of oxybenzone sunscreen and monitored for abnormal swimming/feeding behavior. Study found that sheepshead minnows elicit a physical and hormonal response to oxybenzones.
Kalle Simpson, Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University
Microplastic Hazards on Water Quality and Human Health
This presentation investigates the different types of microplastics found on a beach in Karachi, Pakistan. It highlights what types of actions need to be taken to minimize the effects of microplastics on water quality and marine food chains.
Hina Talib, M.S., Researcher, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan
Ocean Acidification and South Florida’s Coral Reefs
Ocean acidification results from increased anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide absorbed by the world’s oceans. This produces a chemical reaction resulting in lower pH and increases acidity of ocean water. Calcifying marine organisms such as coral reefs are being affected by changes in the water chemistry.
Lauren Camden, Student, Broward College
Citizen Science in Action: Water Quality Monitoring Using Arduino Sensors
Non-point source pollution in waterway tributaries is a serious threat to water quality, however monitoring tools are often too expensive to be widely distributed. This study uses Arduino based devices in conjunction with citizen science to bridge that knowledge gap.
Alandra Kahl, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State Greater Allegheny