By Israel Burgos Gonzalez
Dinoflagellates comprises of an abundant and diversified array of species living near land and off shore waters of Northwest Florida. One of those species, Karenia brevis or better known for their infamous name of Harmful Red Tide, lives amongst thousands of other species found throughout this region. Along with many other similar species become a clear marker in the evolutionary development of this region. Earth core samples have shown that these species have evolved and in some cases have evolved relatively quick.
They have shown that minute geological and climatological changes have also affected their development and evolution. These markers can help pinpoint and answer the following questions:
· Has man-made involvement the reason for this evolutionary changes.
· Is there a clear indication of evolutionary changes and an increase in man related activities.
· Are we the cause for red tides?
Conduct an in-depth analysis of core samples extracted from near shore lines of North West Florida, to include samples taken below water tables. These samples should exhibit clear markers of evolutionary changes.
Pinpoint dinoflagellates die-offs in the core samples and associate these layers within a geological timeline.
Answers to these questions can help us understand the intrinsic process of these obscure creatures and the rest of the world.
A request for information has been placed with the Earth and Science Department at UWF; Professor Johan Liebens and Associate Dean Mathew Schwartz can offer some assistance.