Project Title & Description
FDP- Impact of Nutrients, Zooplankton,Temperature on Growth and Toxin Production
Comprehensive field program to determine factors that promote toxic cyanobacterial blooms in the upper reaches of Chesapeake Bay. Project will address hypotheses; blooms are composed of both toxic and nontoxic species that eutrophication and warming promote blooms, and microcystin deters grazing and thereby promotes blooms. PI's will examine both bottom-up and top-down factors, incorporating both traditional and cutting-edge molecular approaches. Results will be applied to an existing forecasting model and will test the degree to which monitoring total cell densities may serve as a proxy for bloom toxicity or density.