Laura A. Howell6th Year Ph.D Candidate
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Porter Lab, Mellon Hall
Education:M.S. Biology, Duquesne University, 2007
B.S. Ecology, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
B.A. International Affairs, Lafayette College, 1993
The bones, scales and otoliths of fishes grow throughout their lives, and they incorporate elements from the environment as they grow. Some elements are incorporated into bones at the same ratios that they are found in the water. We use this property to of bone growth detect pollution events and variability in the environment that the fish experiences. This can be used in place of other, more costly detection techniques. It can be used widely for aquatic environments that support fishes.
Bayer Fellowship (2006-2007)