Are Toxins Escaping our Lakes?
Lake closures in the hot summer months are often caused by Cyanobacteria blooms, also know as harmful algae blooms, which release toxins that may be linked to such diseases as ALS and Alzheimer’s.
The University of New Hampshire’s Jim Haney and his team of researchers are looking at the possibility that these toxins are being breathed in via aerosols from the surface of the lake. This research was funded by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, a research center of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
Katie Langley ’15, student in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the recipient of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) through UNH’s Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, has been working closely with Professor Haney.
Katie has spent her summer studying these aerosols to determine if toxins are in fact present and coming out of the lake, under what conditions they come out of the lake, and whether they are a potential source of toxins for people.