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.

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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