An analysis of contributing factors of food waste and solutions at the Hunter College Brookdale campus and in the United States.
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.
As the world becomes more interconnected, the potential for invasive species to successfully integrate into native ecosystems of the United States increases. Our experiment investigates the relationship between invasive species and the food source which facilitate their survival in a foreign habitat.