Dr. Harris heads to Puerto Rico for Tortuga Program

Dr. Harris heads to Puerto Rico for Tortuga Program

     Lora Harris and Jamie Pierson head to Puerto Rico to lead a field study with undergraduate students.  The group, made up of undergraduates from two Puerto Rican universities, will spend a week investigating bioluminescence – a glow in the water – and the plankton that causes it. This year, they will spend about a week studying one of the three bioluminescent bays, Laguna Grande.  The group will analyze sand on the bay’s beaches, count seagrass in the lagoons and around the lagoon mouth, and study growth and grazing rates of the organism that glows, a single-celled algae called Pyrodinium bahamense.


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