Hyslop, Eric J.; Nesbeth, D. A.; Shakes, Sherine; Ruddock, Sheries
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Life Sciences
Biomonitoring of the Rio Cobre using macroinvertebrates as pollution indicators
University of the West Indies, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Mona. Newsletter
Date of Publication
Biological monitoring is esential to the assessment of water quality. Three distinct areas of pollution are identified in the Rio Cobre. Three MPhil students, Sherine Shakes, Damion Nesbeth and Sheries Ruddock are conducting the following research respectively: the uptake of metal ions by snails (of the family Thiaridae) at locations downstream from the Ewarton pollution source; the effects of elevated concentrations of aluminium and other ions at downstream sites on the diversity and composition of the benthic macro-invertebrate communities; and the linking of community diversity and indicator species with organic pollution levels in the lower section of the Rio Cobre river from Spanish Town to Hunts Bay.....