Saros involved in groundbreaking nitrogen research

University of Maine ecologist Jasmine Saros provided research for a groundbreaking finding about the long-term effects of pollution published in the Dec. 16 issue of the journal Science.

The research team, led by Gordon Holtgrieve, a University of Washington postdoctoral researcher, found that nitrogen derived from human activities has polluted lakes throughout the Northern Hemisphere since the late 1800s, and the fingerprint of these changes is evident even in remote lakes located thousands of miles from the nearest city, industrial area or farm. The findings are based on samples taken from 36 lakes ranging from the southern United States to northern Europe.


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