Webinar on Water Pollution

March 18, 2021 - 3:30 PM
HMSC Research Seminar Series

Florence waterfront from the air.\Photo by Rena Olson, with support from Lighthawk.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Research Seminar Series, now taking place online, continues on Thursday, March 18, 3:30 p.m., with a talk by Samreen Siddiqui, a postdoctoral scholar with the Brander Lab of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Oregon State University.  Dr. Siddiqui’s topic is “Contaminants of emerging concern in surface water (including marine or coastal) ecosystems with possible climate change impacts.”

Dr. Siddiqui recently completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her research at OSU will focus on pesticide and plastic exposures along the salinity gradient. She has an interdisciplinary background including big data analysis, modelling using R, and Arc GIS.

 As she describes her presentation:

Concerns about water quality are increasing with emerging contaminants added to surface waters that may get worse with increasing climate change impacts. After reaching wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), water is treated and discharged to the surface water, but generally at a lower quality than what was originally extracted containing contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs; nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, estrogen-like compounds, flame retardants, detergents, and some industrial chemicals with potential significant impact on human health and aquatic life) with other sources. Due to inadequate research, there are no limits implemented yet to reduce CEC quantity in WWTP effluent water. This could cause trouble for consumers of surface waters, including coastal waters. One such consumer is the aquaculture industry, which is growing to support human protein consumption demands while depending on surface water. When CECs end up in surface waters, fishes and other food organisms can take them, and they become part of the food chain, which eventually comes to humans. In this presentation, I will describe the work done to understand the impacts of CECs on aquatic species during my dissertation with a brief discussion on present work at Brander lab and the next steps describing possible impacts of climate change.” 

For the live broadcast of this virtual Thursday Seminar, go here.

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