Welcome to the Coastal and Environmental and Microbiological Processes Lab

Bloom in a beaker, Lake Taihu, China

Collecting water samples on Lake Taihu, China

Dr. Hans Paerl studies the nutrient production dynamics of aquatic microbes at the base of the estuarine and coastal food webs, focusing on environmental controls of algal (planktonic and benthic) production, community structure, and assessment of the causes and consequences of human-induced eutrophication of rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal oceans.

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences

 Coastal Environmental and Microbiological Processes Lab consists of graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and technicians working on a variety of research projects addressing nutrient production dynamics of aquatic microbes at the base of the estuarine and coastal food webs. The Paerl Lab research focuses on  environmental controls of algal (planktonic and benthic) production and community structure, as well as, the assessment of causes and consequences of human-induced eutrophication of rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal oceans.


 

Most recently in the Paerl Lab:

Dr. Paerl spoke with Spectrum News about how major storm events are not only becoming more frequent, but precipitation is also increasing. Lasting impacts are observed in waterways as they receive nutrients washed away from the land causing increased and fast algal growth.


Dr. Paerl suggests to “make sure your septic system is working really well. Not over fertilizing your lawns, especially not ahead of a major storm event” to prevent excessive nutrient run-off and algal growth in waters we drink, play in, and enjoy.