Congratulations to Maria Charry for her paper showing how native New Zealand benthic and planktonic copepods can be used to monitor toxicity in estuaries.

The benthic harpacticoid and planktonic calanoid species were sensitive to metals in sediments and water respectively. For both toxicity could be detected at different life-stages, with reduced survival of larvae in more polluted conditions.

Charry MP, Keesing V, Costello M, Tremblay LA. 2018. Assessment of the ecotoxicity of urban estuarine sediment using benthic and pelagic copepod bioassays. PeerJ 6:e4936 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4936

The paper has been downloaded over 100 times within eight weeks.

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