Little Lagoon Preservation Society

Future Research

New Funding

MacIntyre, H.L. and R. Carmichael: “Harmful Algal Bloom Study, Little Lagoon, Baldwin County, Alabama”, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 2005-2006  $25,000

MacIntyre, H.L., A. Ortmann and K. Park: “Residence time as a factor controlling HABs and fecal coliform bacteria in Little Lagoon, Alabama”, NOAA MS/AL Sea Grant, 2010-2012  $441,549

MacIntyre, H.L., W.C. Burnett and B. Mortazavi: “Groundwater discharge, benthic coupling and microalgal community structure in a shallow coastal lagoon”, National Science Foundation (Bio. Oce.), 2010-2013   $752,399

Liefer, J.D.: “Toxicity of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. in Little Lagoon, Alabama”, FDA Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 2010-2011  $40,967

Total: $1,237,41


Topics for Research



Nutrient inputs, cycling, and microalgal taxonomy.

 Dr William Burnett (Florida State University) and student: trace groundwater discharge using Ra and Rn radioisotopes

Dr Bezhad Mortazavi (University of Alabama) and student: measure benthic fluxes

Dr Hugh MacIntyre (Dauphin Island Sea Lab), Justin Liefer & Lucie Novoveska
(University of South Alabama), LLPS: continued monitoring of nutrients
and microalgal community composition. 












Nutrient Source

Dr Ruth Carmichael (Dauphin Island Sea Lab): measure 15N/14N (d15N) signatures of particulate and dissolved nitrogen to assess likelihood of fertilizer vs other origin.


















Pseudo-nitzschia spp toxicity

Justin Liefer and Dr Alison Roberston (FDA Gulf Seafood Lab): conduct bio-assays for triggers of toxicity and exposure experiments for transport of toxin into food-chain. 





















Microbial Source Tracking

Dr Alice Ortmann (University of South Alabama): assay species-specific ribosomal RNA sequences to determine most probable origin of fecal coliforms.













Circulation and flushing.

Dr Kyeong Park (University of South Alabama): mass balance box model of lagoon to estimate residence time and conduct scenario runs

Dr Hugh MacIntyre & Justin Liefer (DISL): couple algal growth model to circulation/flushing model.  


 **Research began early 2010** 









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