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Recent SA graduate presented at statewide symposium

Joceline Boring, a mid-year Chemistry graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, presented her research on water quality at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) at Meredith College in November.

This was the sixth SNCURCS held, with previous events held at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Elon University.

"Water Quality Analysis of Lake Ansley C. Moore: Seasonal and Environmental Effects on Dissolved Phosphate Levels" was coordinated with St. Andrews Presbyterian College Associate Professor of Chemistry Michael S. Morton.

According to the abstract, "the focus of the study was to investigate how different factors such as seasonal use of lawn and crop fertilizers, weather patters and water fowl activity (primarily Canada Geese) affect water quality in one area of the Little Pee Dee watershed."

Eight sample sites were designated around Lake Ansley C. Moore of the St. Andrews campus. Factors considered in site selection included flow rate and water fowl hangouts.

"Specifically acidity, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and phosphate levels were monitored on a weekly basis for possible correlations," wrote Boring. "While acidity, temperature and dissolved oxygen were able to be measured on site using appropriate meters, turbidity and phosphate levels were determined in the lab. Colorimetric analysis using a molybdenum reagent allowed for the determination of dissolved phosphate levels."

The results showed increased levels of dissolved phosphates in areas frequented by the Canadian Geese population.

 

Joceline Boring

Joceline Boring standing with the poster she presented at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at Meredith College.

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