Environmental Antibiotics in Chesapeake Bay TributariesEPA Grant Number: U915541
Title: Environmental Antibiotics in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries
Investigators: Huff, Thomas B.
Institution: George Mason University
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: August 1, 1999 through August 1, 2002
Project Amount: $88,236
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1999) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Aquatic Ecosystems , Fellowship - Aquatic Ecology and Ecosystems
Environmental antibiotics could be affecting the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The objective of this research project is to determine the presence and concentration of antibiotics in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
This research project involves the development of methods for determining antibiotic concentrations in surface waters and sediment. It coincides with a microbial study, wherein native bacteria will be extracted from sediments and tested for resistance or sensitivity to the antibiotics that have been approved for agricultural use. The resistance study will help target specific antibiotics for method development.
Data derived from the research, as well as analytical detection methods developed by the investigator, will help to determine the presence and concentration of antibiotics in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which affect the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.