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September 27, 2020
waterloop #51: Haley Plaas on the Science of Harmful Algal Blooms

Haley Plaas is a PhD student in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. In this episode Haley discusses the science of harmful algal blooms, including causes, toxins they can produce, and concerns for human health.


Haley Plaas is a PhD student in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.

In this episode Haley discusses the science of harmful algal blooms, including causes, toxins they can produce, and concerns for human health. She talks about the increase of harmful algal blooms across the U.S. and how nutrient pollution and warmer water from climate change are major factors. Haley explains her research on the potential aerosolization of toxins from algal blooms that she is conducting along the North Carolina coast.

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