Identifying Sources Of Fecal Pollution Improves Regulatory Decisions
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I am a disease ecologist and PhD candidate at the University of South Florida (USF) interested in exploring host-parasite interactions within the context of global climate change. My research specifically focuses on the effect of temperature on Schistosoma mansoni, the causative agent of human schistosomiasis, and its intermediate snail host, Biomphalaria glabrata. I enjoy doing science outreach and education with K-12 students and mentoring undergraduates at USF. I am currently working towards increasing my involvement in science policy.

                       

Identifying Sources Of Fecal Pollution Improves Regulatory Decisions

Imagine arriving at a beach on a sunny, summer day only to find that it has been closed. A sign reads, “High bacteria levels. Swimming not recommended. Increased risk of illness at this time.” Behind the scenes, while county or state officials monitor water quality, it is likely that researchers are taking a closer look at the situation. What caused an increase in bacteria levels? Are there excessive pollutants in the water? Are criteria used by state or local government...

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