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Port to Port: Ships Carry More than Just Our Cargo

Posted on Oct 9, 2020 by in The OFI Blog |

The author lowers a net into a topside ballast water tank to sample marine plankton and zooplankton (K. Holzer)

Danielle Verna was a Predoctoral Fellow with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Marine Invasions Laboratory where she carried out a research project titled “US energy exports drive shipping behavior and biological invasion dynamics.” In a recent blog post, Danielle discusses how the items we depend on in our everyday lives often originate from distant shores, and how the ships that carry them are also known to transport invasive plants and animals. 

Click here to read the full blog post and learn how exactly organisms are moved with ships and what types of goods drive shipping.

 

Danielle Verna was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Marine Invasions Laboratory where she carried out a research project titled “US energy exports drive shipping behavior and biological invasion dynamics.” She is currently a PhD Candidate at Portland State University and a Research Associate at Alaska Pacific University.