A French film crew recently documented the work of University of South Alabama professor Dr. Anne Boettcher during a joint research trip between the USA biology department and Texas A&M biology department.
During the expedition, Boettcher and her team studied the effects of environmental contaminants on the reproductive fitness of Gulf pipefish.
Mona Lisa Productions filmed both field and laboratory research concerning sentinel species, such as the pipefish. The research will determine if any species has been contaminated by environmental factors. The film is expected to be completed by December 2008, and it will initially be released in Europe.
The expedition, one of several in a long-term research project between USA and Texas A&M, is funded through an Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellowship and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Estuarine Research Reserve System Fellowship. Charlyn Partridge, a Texas A&M Ph.D. candidate who received a masters degree from USA, won both fellowships.
“Both Charlyn and I are excited that the project is receiving international attention,” said Boettcher.
Also involved in the project are researchers Dr. Scott Phipps of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Reserve, and Chris May of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserve.