UConn, Mystic Aquarium get grant for joint research


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Norwich Bulletin
Posted Feb 14, 2008 @ 03:25 AM

Mystic, Conn. —

A $500,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will spur investigation of how oceans affect human health by allowing a consortium between University of Connecticut and the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration to hire post-doctoral fellows to assist with research. 

The consortium, which also includes the NOAA laboratory in Milford, will hire three post-doctoral fellows and one graduate student to help with researching topics, such as marine pathogens and disease, new pollutants and harmful algal blooms.

J. Evan Ward, associate professor of marine sciences at UConn’s Avery Point campus in Groton, said he hopes the additional manpower will help the consortium to apply for additional funding or research materials from state and federal organizations.

“The grant enables us to have a focal point,” Ward said.

Tracy Romano, senior vice president of research and zoological operations at Mystic Aquarium, said she hopes one of the post-doctoral fellows will come to the aquarium to contribute to its research on marine health and its impact on people.

“This award, in collaboration with our partners, enables us to continue our important research on aquatic animal health, as well as focusing on the marine environment and its impact on human health,” Romano said. “In the process, we’re also training scientists for the future.”

Reach Marisa Maldonado at 425-4255 or mmaldonado@norwichbulletin.com

AT A GLANCE
A $500,000 grant recently was received by a consortium among the University of Connecticut, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The grant will be used to hire four fellows to assist with the consortium’s research of marine pathogens and disease, new pollutants and harmful algae blooms.