Dragonfly Larvae Pilot Study
Developing Indicators for Comparative Watershed Mercury Burdens: Dragonfly Larvae Pilot Study
Institutions: University of Maine, National Park Service
Sponsor: National Park Service
In an effort to increase public awareness regarding mercury, Acadia Learning was expanded in 2012 to collect dragonfly larvae for mercury analysis in national parks. Fourteen national parks across the U.S. are participating in the initial effort. In addition to increasing public awareness about mercury issues, this study provides baseline data to better understand the spatial distribution of mercury contamination in national parks. The project is led by Sarah Nelson (Mitchell Center) with Colleen Flanagan of the NPS-ARD. Funding is through UMaine’s Faculty Research Funds, High End Instrumentation Research (with Clive Devoy, Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Research Lab), and donated time.
Publications (from National Park Service):
- CHS Students Study Larvae for Mercury Analysis
- Climate change, pollution force NPS to rethink management strategies