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Meiobenthic Ecology and Estuarine Ecotoxicology



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Students and post-doctoral associates in the Chandler Lab conduct research in estuarine ecotoxicology, reproductive/endocrine disruption in invertebrates (principally crustaceans), effects of emerging contaminants such as nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals on benthos, sediment biogeochemistry and toxicant bioavailability, deep-sea foraminiferal culture linked to questions in paleoceanography and climate change, and genetic/molecular-scale responses of crustaceans to toxic chemicals. We have two "pet" organismal groups that we work with
- harpacticoid copepods and benthic foraminifera - and both taxa are important members of the meiobenthos (i.e., highly abundant invertebrates less than 1-mm in size). Meiobenthos occur in all ocean sediments and often form a critical trophic link to larger predators, and they are also important in the mineralization of sediment carbon via their feeding on bacteria/diatoms/protists. We have several unique high-density culturing facilities for toxicological and carbonate-system experiments with these minute taxa. Our research has been funded continuously since 1999 by the NSF, EPA and NOAA. Several student assistantships are available on a competitive basis.
 

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