Measuring environmental impact
Previous research revealed that exposure to crude oil caused some fish to swim slower.
Working with faculty mentor Dane Crossley, professor of biology, Nelson and other researchers are trying to learn why.
Nelson implants sensors on the fishes’ hearts to monitor cardiac functions such as heart rate, stroke volume and contractility and other aspects of the heart.
His mahi-mahi study was published in Aquatic Toxicology in November and he has presented some of his findings thus far at conferences for the Gulf of Mexico Research Institute, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.