Author: Fawziyah Shamim

The Relationship of Dissolved Oxygen Levels and Species Diversity and Observation Frequency of Bivalves in New York City Waters

Bivalves, like mussels and oysters, play an important ecological role as filter feeders by filtering out algae, bacteria, and pollution to keep our waterways clean, but have died out in estuaries like NYC Harbor due to overconsumption and pollution. We examine the relationship between harbor water quality and the observation frequency and diversity of bivalves in hopes of determining the best ways to protect them.