The Paerl Lab partners with Renzun Zhao, PhD, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as part of an Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) for several nutrient addition bioassay experiments each year. The research explores how dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) found in liquid waste generated from landfills might impact water sources in the eastern part of the state. Christopher Osburn, PhD, at North Carolina State University also collaborates with the Paerl Lab as part of this project.

Yesterday, the team set up the second bioassay experiment of this project for 2023! We are specifically looking at the effects of “aged effluent” compared to fresh effluent on water from the Neuse River Estuary. Effluent is liquid waste or sewage that is discharged into a body of water. We will keep you updated throughout the experiment!