New College of Florida receives grant for red tide research

From SNNtv . com   November 28, 2018

New College of Florida has received a $17,000 grant from Mote Scientific foundation for research related to red tide. Red tide blooms have killed millions of fish and other creatures including manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins. New College wants to answer where some of the creatures that survived the epidemic have gone to escape the bloom.
“We have documented from our survey work a dramatic decline in shark and ray numbers in Sarasota Bay in response to the red tide event. It’s a 100 percent decrease in these animals. One of the long-standing questions if these animals can actually survive red tide and flee the area,” New College Asst. Professor of Biology Jayne Gardiner said.
Gardiner and her research team are primarily focusing on rays and sharks at this time. Some types of sharks in the research include black tips and hammerheads.
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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college the state's Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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