Activity: Phytoplankton Sampling

Scientist: Steve Morton, Ph.D., Program Lead, NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences


The purpose of the activity: To link volunteers with science to build a more informed public while expanding the reach and awareness of Harmful Algae Blooms through volunteer phytoplankton monitoring efforts.

These samples:

  1. Aid in the understanding of the classification and distribution of phytoplankton.
  2. Monitor for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB).
  3. Help identify new species.
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