MAREX citizen science volunteers along with Georgia Sea Grant Interns Cara Lin, Sean Russell, and Maeve Snyder attended a Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) training session at Burton 4-H center on Tybee Island.
Steve Morton of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science presented on the history and application of the PMN and provided training in identification of common phytoplankton groups. Jennifer Fuquay discussed future opportunities for citizen scientists to monitor marine microplastics.
Since 2001, the PMN has identified 250 algal blooms in North America, of which 45 were toxin-producing. Citizen scientists at MAREX continue their work with PMN to monitor for harmful algal blooms in the Skidaway River in order to prevent negative human health and economic impacts. 250 sampling sites throughout the US that are monitored by 235 citizen science groups.