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Marine Ecology Class Conducts 25th Annual Study to Provide Health Assessment of Oso Bay

February 11, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students in Dr. Jennifer Pollack’s Marine Ecology Class camped on the beach February 8-9, where they gathered and analyzed water specimens to conduct an annual health assessment of Oso Bay. Students collected specimens in an area located between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Naval Air Station.

This was the 25th consecutive year that the class has conducted the 24-hour study, allowing future scientists to learn sampling techniques, and identify marine organisms.

“Not many professors are willing to bring in undergraduate students to help conduct research,” said Allison Fulton, a senior marine biology major. “This experience will allow us to become more knowledgeable when using techniques for future research and careers.”

During the study, students utilized five different stations to collect plankton using nets, and measure water quality. After the results are tallied and analyzed, the students will write an extensive research paper to describe the collections made and to compare this year with the previous studies.

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