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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Effect of Oil and Its Dispersants on the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 was devastating to the ecology of the Gulf. Not only did the oil significantly threaten the survival of most aquatic species in the area surrounding the spill, it also spurred potentially destructive relief efforts. These efforts included the use of dispersants with potentially unforeseen effects.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Pumpkin Purifier: Removal of Toxic Metals from Water Using Curcurbita Agricultural Waste

Because heavy metals enter water through many sources, scientists are motivated to develop purification and extraction methods. Some of these techniques have been successful, but at great cost or with detrimental effects to the environment. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if the agricultural by-product Curcurbita (pumpkin) could be used to remove metal ions from an aqueous solution. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Prevalence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha Infections in the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A Study of the Protozoan Parasite in a Wild Po...

High in the eucalyptus trees in coastal southern California, a cluster of migrating monarch butterflies formed huddled masses, as if to brave the chill. I could appreciate their need for warmth as my own wind-chilled fingers refused to move, making the delicate task of handling one of the netted butterflies even more challenging. 

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