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Researchers raise concerns about Arctic food web

Hakai Magazine interviewed research biologists Evie Fachon at WHOI and Kathi Lefebvre at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington for an article focusing on the potential for a significant increase in Alexandrium catenella harmful algal blooms due to warming Arctic waters. Alexandrium catenella blooms produce saxitoxin, a neurotoxin that paralyzes the nervous system…

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Uncovering a “sleeping giant” Arctic cyst bed

Don Anderson gave a virtual presentation at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on 10/13/21 focusing on the potential for a significant increase in Alexandrium catenella harmful algal blooms due to warming Arctic waters. During annual blooms, the cells produce saxitoxins, potent neurotoxins, which accumulate in the food web and can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning…

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“Strait Science” lecture featured in local news stories in Alaska

News stories in Nome, Alaska featured research Don Anderson presented at a “Strait Science” lecture in October 2021 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. Listen to the story on…

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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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