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Jordon Beckler, an ocean technology research program manager at Mote Marine Laboratory, was recently awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study how the presence of iron may affect harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. Harmful algal blooms include the toxin-producing algae Karenia brevis, which causes red tide. Florida red tide blooms normally begin in low-nutrient waters offshore are and sometimes carried to the coast. They can result in fish kills, manatee deaths and human health effects. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution estimates that harmful algal blooms affect commercial fisheries by $18 million each year and the recreation and tourism industry by $7 million each year.

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