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Turtles, mercury contamination headline topics at Nov. 9 NSU Science and Technology Seminar Series

(Tahlequah, Okla.)--Turtles and mercury contamination will be the topics on Nov. 9 at Northeastern State University.

More specifically, using turtles to determine mercury contamination is the final lecture of the fall 2011 Science and Technology Seminar Series.

Alisha Powell of the Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University will discuss "Contamination of Turtles in Eastern Oklahoma: Food Consumption Advisories and Non-Lethal Tissue Analysis."

Powell is a 2009 NSU graduate pursuing her master's degree at OSU. Her research studies bioaccumulation of contaminants, specifically mercury, in reptiles. She focuses on common snapping turtles and red-eared sliders because the species are semi-aquatic, predatory and have long life spans, making them suitable for study of mercury accumulation in their tissues.

The Science and Technology Seminar Series is arranged by Dr. John de Banzie, professor of biology.

The seminar is in the Science building, Room 160, at 3 p.m. For more information contact de Banzie at (918) 444-3828. 

Published: 11/7/2011 4:19:09 PM

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