Department of Applied Environmental Science
Allison Moreno (Marine Science BS 2014, Minor in Mathematics) is working with Dr. Arlene Haffa on a study of the impact of the global marine harvest on the ocean iron cycle. They have obtained the dataset from the United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization, which contains 1650 marine organisms. Using elemental iron composition data from the literature they have arrived at high and low end estimates that suggest that 0.5-2% of bioavailable iron is removed on an annual basis. They have now begun working with Dr. Judith Canner to generate time series data for dissolved iron concentrations in the ocean over time. Allison has taken her data to the American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco, December 2012 and recently won the best undergraduate student poster award at the NOAA-sponsored Sanctuary Currents 2013 Symposium.
Story: Arlene Haffa