Tracey Magrann DPM, Phd; will present her study of El Dorado Marsh and Pond, and Sims Pond; Water chemistry, phytoplankton diversity and community structure, and algal toxins.
In 2007, Tracey Magrann began her pursuit of Doctor of Philosophy in Biology at Loma Linda University. She had already achieved a Bachelor of Basic Sciences (B.S.) and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) but determined that, to broaden her professional opportunities in the field of College teaching, the additional doctorate was essential. To carry out her project and write her dissertation, she sought guidance from experts that included Dr. Martha Sutula, Principal Scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP); and various organizations for financial support that included El Dorado Audubon.
The subject of Tracey’s research project was analysis and impact of toxic algae in California coastal waters on endangered birds and other species. From her study: “Excess nutrient loads and warm temperatures cause eutrophication, which fosters growth of toxic cyanobacteria.” Her project analyzed 66 water samples collected from 40 lakes, ponds, bays, and lagoons along the California coastline, in five counties from Santa Barbara to San Diego. As part of her research, “a temporary Blue ProTM treatment facility was rented for three weeks for a pilot study at Mason Lake in Irvine.” The study concluded with the publication of her paper titled: Factors Affecting Phytoplankton Biodiversity and Toxin Production.
Tracey is Department Chair of the Medical Lab Tech Program at Saddleback College, and also teaches Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology at National University in Costa Mesa, and Anatomy at Coastline Community College in Westminster. She won the Adjunct Professor of the Year award in 2010 for South Orange County, and in 2012 she was listed on Rate My Professors as the 19th top Adjunct Professor in the United States.
We are pleased to announce that Tracey will be our speaker at our March general meeting. She will present her study of El Dorado Marsh and Pond, and Sims Pond; Water chemistry, phytoplankton diversity and community structure, and algal toxins. This is a good opportunity to bring a guest; they will see why you support El Dorado Audubon.
El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach 90803; Gate opens at 7:00 PM, free parking and refreshments are served.