Science Exploration Series: Fighting for Farmers and Freshwater

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Location: 101 Jordan Hall of Science

Excess fertilizer runoff from farm fields can enter nearby streams and rivers. These excess nutrients contaminate drinking water, harm sensitive species, and fuel downstream algal blooms and low-oxygen “dead zones” that cost millions of dollars a year. Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor of Biological Sciences' research group is investigating how novel conservation strategies can minimize these impacts to our valuable freshwater ecosystems.