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dc.contributor.authorDenison, Anakah
dc.contributor.authorWellnitz, Todd A.
dc.descriptionColor poster with text, images, photographs, and graphsen_US
dc.description.abstractThe Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is known for its pristine lakes and natural beauty, but like all natural areas accessible to humans, this highly visited and beloved wilderness is contaminated with microplastics. Microplastics are small (< 5 mm) pieces of plastic that take the form of fibers, films, and fragments. Previous research has found microplastics in BWCAW lake water, soils, and invertebrates, but their source is unknown. To determine the extent to which recreational canoeists may contribute to this pollution, I sampled a common moss and lichen from canoe campsites and undisturbed shoreline areas over the course of a week-long canoe trip in June 2020. My study investigated two questions: 1. How much microplastic is present in moss and lichen in the BWCAW? 2.Does moss growing at lakeshore campsites in the BWCAW have more microplastics than sites that are unvisited?en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipDuxbury-Biology Science Faculty Success Fund; University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUSGZE AS589;
dc.subjectMicroplastic pollutionen_US
dc.subjectBoundary Waters Canoe Area (Minn.)en_US
dc.subjectDepartment of Biologyen_US
dc.titleLichen and Moss as Biomonitors of Microplastic Pollution in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernessen_US

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