Advisor: Dr. Jim Haney
Research Topic: Factors regulating the production of cyanotoxin in lake aerosols
My work aims to begin understanding the relationship between cyanobacteria density and toxicity in the water versus the air, and the factors that increase or decrease their aerosolization. I will be investigating the cyanotoxins microcystins, liver toxins, and BMAA, a neurotoxin. This will be an important first step in evaluating the risk of human and wildlife exposure to cyanotoxins via aerosols.