Hurricane Maria potentially changes PhD student Juan Alvarez’s research into Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bays

Hurricane Maria potentially changes PhD student Juan Alvarez’s research into Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bays

Juan Alvarez is a PhD student with Lora Harris and Jamie Pierson.  His research is focused on understanding the ecology of bioluminescent bays and in particular, the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense that is responsible for the glow.

¬† Juan didn’t intend for his research to examine the impact of a major hurricane on these systems, but Hurricane Maria ripped through the island in between sampling years.¬† This means Juan will be able to compare his data from before the storm to the data he collects after to see what impacts (if any) Maria may have had on these bays.


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