Research from our own Dr. Gregory O’Mullan was recently featured by SUM: an initiative that collaborates with colleagues throughout CUNY to make important academic work accessible to the public, and The CUNY Graduate Center.
The articles, titled “Do You Kayak or Wade in the Hudson? Study Reveals Sediment Pollution” and “Yes, There’s Icky Stuff in the Hudson. But Don’t Let That Scare You Away” features a study led by Dr. O’Mullan in which he and his team conclude that “shoreline water samples had higher average FIB (fecal indicator bacteria) concentrations than samples collected further shore.” More importantly, the research shows that FIB can thrive within nearshore sediments for extended periods of time, far after any sewage discharge event.
The full study titled “Patterns of sediment-associated fecal indicator bacteria in an urban estuary: Benthic-pelagic coupling and implications for shoreline water activity” was authored by Gregory O’Mullan, Andrew Juhl, Roman Reichert, Erin Schneider, and Natalia Martinez, and was published in the journal Science of The Total Environment on March 15th, 2019.
If you would like to learn more about Gregory O’Mullan and his research, please visit his faculty page here.