Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Role of plankton in controlling the partitioning and transport of hydrophobic organic contaminants

Principal Investigator: 

Joel E. Baker

Start/End Year: 

1990 to 1993


Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


In field collections of surficial sediments, sediment traps material and 4 size fractions of suspended particles, the concentration and distribution of hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOC) will be quantified. Parallel laboratory studies will examine the speciation and binding of contaminants to phytoplankton and the role of specific organic pools (lipids and pigments) in HOC movement.