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Harmful Algal Blooms

We study species of toxic algae that are responsible for disrupting human and ecosystem health.
While some of these organisms create the phenomena commonly known as “red tides,” others
can be less visible while still causing illness. From the Caribbean to the Arctic, our team is working
to understand the factors that drive these harmful algal bloom (HAB) events.

“Strait Science” lecture featured in the Nome Nugget

By mrichlen | October 22, 2021

A recent article in the Nome Nugget featured research Don Anderson presented at a recent “Strait Science” lecture sponsored by the UAF Northwest campus and UAF Alaska Sea Grant.  His presentation discussed the recent expansion of harmful algal blooms in the Alaskan Arctic, and the potential impacts to regional residents.  The full story is available…

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Anderson lab receives NOAA award to study HAB toxins in Alaskan marine food webs

By mrichlen | October 7, 2020

Don Anderson and colleagues were recently funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a competitive research program to improve the nation’s collective response to the growing problem of harmful algal blooms (HABs).  This five-year research program will investigate the prevalence  of HAB toxins in Alaskan marine food webs, and will model their movement…

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Harmful Algal Bloom Control

By C. Anacreon | February 25, 2020

On February 19, 2020, Don Anderson spoke at a congressional briefing entitled “Controlling Harmful Algal Blooms”, co-hosted by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and U.S. Congressman Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania). This briefing focused on the challenges of controlling HABs, a highly diverse and complex phenomena, and ways of evaluating different mitigation and control strategies…

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Algal Toxins’ Effects on Subsistence in Arctic Waters

By C. Anacreon | January 10, 2020

A news story was aired on KNOM radio on December 20, 2019 about research findings on algal toxins in the Arctic/subarctic and potential impacts for marine mammals and wildlife health in collaboration with Don Anderson (WHOI) and the HEALY cruise that took place in the summer of 2019 with Bob Pickart (WHOI), Janet Duffy-Anderson (NOAA/AFSC),…

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Toxic Algae Blooms article in Los Angeles Times

By C. Anacreon | August 15, 2019

“Everything You Need to Know about Toxic Algae Blooms” featured an interview with Don Anderson. The story, published in the Los Angeles Times on August 14, 2019, focused on toxic blooms of cyanobacteria and algae and the harmful effects associated with human and animal exposure. In oceans and freshwater lakes and streams, harmful algal blooms are…

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Evie Fachon featured in PolarTREC

By mrichlen | August 14, 2019

Evie Fachon was recently highlighted by PolarTREC, an educational research program for teachers. Evie and Victoria Uva are currently participating in a research cruise in the Arctic aboard the USCGC Healy.  The objectives of this research are to investigate the distribution, prevalence, and geographic extent of HABs in Arctic waters, with an emphasis on the…

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Summer 2019 Toxic Algae Blooms in Massachusetts

By C. Anacreon | July 30, 2019

Don Anderson, PhD was interviewed by Barbara Moran at WBUR about summer 2019 toxic algae blooms in Massachusetts in the Charles River basin, sites on Cape Cod, and other areas in Massachusetts for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” The program “Summertime, And Toxic Algae is Blooming: Here’s What You Need to Know” aired on…

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New project: mitigation of red tide in Florida

By efachon | October 1, 2018

The Anderson Lab is launching a new project in response to this year’s record red tide events in Florida. In August, a state of emergency was declared due to a massive coastal bloom of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. This event is responsible for creating widespread fish kills, causing respiratory distress in coastal inhabitants and visitors, and…

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WHCOHH granted five more years of funding

By efachon | September 20, 2018

The Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (WHCOHH) was granted five more years of funding by the NSF and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. This funding will be used to continue interdisciplinary work understanding the relationship of harmful algal blooms and marine pathogens to public health. Learn more about this  award…

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Don testifies at Senate HAB hearing

By Michelle Slattery | September 1, 2018

On August 28, Don testified for the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. The hearing, entitled “Harmful Algal Blooms: The Impact on Our Nation’s Waters” brought together experts, stakeholders and policymakers in the capital to discuss HAB events across the country. Other witnesses at the hearing included Bryan Stubbs of the Cleveland Water…

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