Laura Naslund (Class of 2019) Publishes Honors Thesis

Biomajor and 2019 Horn Prize winner Laura Naslund has published her honors thesis work in Environmental Science and Technology.  The paper studies selenium contamination of watersheds from mining by mountaintop removal.  Selenium from streams in the watershed concentrates in biofilms composed of microorganisms, and then is consumed by insects.  Naslund showed high concentrations of selenium in these insects and also in the spiders that feed on them.  The article was selected for the American Chemical Society's Editors Choice Award (March 19, 2020).

Congrats to Laura and her thesis advisor Emily Bernhardt!

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Stream pollution from mountaintop mining