Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/CBT-13

Importance of dinoflagellate blooms in the transport of carbon

Principal Investigator: 

James G. Sanders

Start/End Year: 

1991 to 1994

Institution: 

Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center

Co-Principal investigator: 

Kevin G. Sellner, Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center

Description: 

Determine the role of algal blooms in concentrating several potentially toxic inorganic contaminants, arsenic, cadmium, and copper; Determine the importance of algal blooms in the transfer of these materials to secondary planktonic and benthic consumers; Estimate the quantity of algal-incorporated trace elements settling to surface sediments.