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UD scientists funded to study HABs

Oct. 15, 2015--University of Delaware marine scientists Kathryn Coyne and Mark Warner have received new funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study harmful algal blooms — a scientifically complex and potentially economically damaging coastal issue.

Each year, outbreaks of toxic algal blooms threaten fisheries, public water supplies and tourism in coastal communities throughout the United States.

Armed with $1.3 million in new funding from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), over the next three years Coyne, a biochemical ecologist, and Warner, an algal physiologist, will lead two separate projects.

Coyne will investigate a promising algicide that specifically targets dinoflagellate algae, which are among the most toxic harmful algal bloom species (HABs). Warner will explore how climate change will affect harmful and nonharmful algal blooms and, in turn, how algal blooms will affect coastal ecosystems and the marine organisms that live there.

A total of 12 research projects nationwide were funded by NCCOS. UD is one of only two institutions selected to lead two projects.