Improving Water Quality

Nitrogen and the Anthropocene: Health and Sustainability Issues

Flash Talk

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.

Presenters

Catherine Zeman, Ph.D., M.S., RN, Professor, University of Northern Iowa

FlashTalkPlus: Advanced Modelling and Water Quality Monitoring Techniques

Flash Talk

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.

Presenters

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

Flash Talk

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

Presenters

Leena Malayil, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland

Molecular Inclusion Complexes of CLD and β-HCH with CD's for Water Treatment

Poster

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.

Presenters

Queiroz Portorreal, Masters of Engineering Student, Research Assistant, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo

Oxybenzone Sunscreen Alters Stress and Behavioral Patterns in Sheepshead Minnows

Student Poster

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.

Presenters

Kalle Simpson, Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University

Microplastic Hazards on Water Quality and Human Health

Poster

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.

Presenters

Hina Talib, M.S., Researcher, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan

Ocean Acidification and South Florida’s Coral Reefs

Student Poster

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.

Presenters

Lauren Camden, Student, Broward College

Citizen Science in Action: Water Quality Monitoring Using Arduino Sensors

Poster

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.

Presenters

Alandra Kahl, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State Greater Allegheny