11-28-12: The “DOOM” Lab Studies the Bay at Night | WYPR (audio)
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s DOOM lab (Dissolved Oxygen and Oyster Mortality) is examining how oysters respond to sudden drops in oxygen levels in shallow parts of the Chesapeake Bay at night. These fluctuations are partially natural, but appear to be made worse by nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. Oxygen depletion may make oysters more susceptible to a disease called Dermo.
Editor’s note: This research is sponsored by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Hypoxia Research Program.