Interactions Among Chemical Speciation, Algal Accumulation, and Biogeochemical Cycling of Toxic Metals in a Major U.S. Naval Harbor (Elizabeth River, VA)
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION BEAUFORT NC BEAUFORT LAB
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Our long-term research goal is to determine the mechanisms and factors that regulate the uptake and accumulation of pollutant metals by phytoplankton and other particles in estuaries and the effect of this accumulation on the removal and biogeochemical cycling of metals. The objective is to study the influence of metal speciation and metalmetal interactions on the particulate cycling and removal of pollutant metals Zn and Cd in the Elizabeth RiverHampton Roads Estuary, home of the US Navy Atlantic Fleet. We are especially interested in the role of metal uptake by plankton as well as in our ability of to predict removal of metals from algal uptake models. These models will be based on field data for free ion concentrations of controlling metals Zn, Cd, Cu, and Mn and laboratory data on algal uptake as functions of free ionic concentrations of these metals.
- Biological Oceanography
- Properties of Metals and Alloys
- Water Pollution and Control