High School Student, Montclair Professor Launch New Jersey Jellyfish Survey

Caroline Kratz (Provided Image)
Alliance for a Living Ocean has connected up with Pennsylvania higher school university student Caroline Kratz and Paul Bologna, professor of biology and director of the Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Program at Montclair Point out University, to help the duo get the word out about their New Jersey Jellyfish Job.
Kratz “is investigating jellyfish and their feasible marriage with degraded drinking water quality” for an AP Capstone course at Penncrest Large Faculty, ALO Executive Director Kyle Gronostajski explained
“AP Capstone isn’t provided in lots of universities, but in quite short terms, it’s a two-yr program that focuses on informational creating and presentation. I resolved that considering that I was going to dedicate a complete school year to this project, I preferred to learn extra about maritime biology, as it is normally been an interest of mine,” reported Kratz, who lives in Media, Pa., but, prior to the pandemic, would usually go to Ocean Metropolis, N.J., with her relatives.
She additional, “I reached out to Mr. Jeffrey Brust from the N.J. Office of Environmental Safety to question about the nearby fauna in get to locate a starting stage. He listed off a several examples of indirect and immediate human-to-fauna interactions that take place typically in New Jersey, and brought up clinging jellies in Barnegat Bay. After hunting into that a little, I acquired that jellyfish advantage from human exercise, which I assumed was super fascinating, specially because most animals practical experience negative outcomes.”
At the time Kratz had made a decision to examine water high-quality in relation to jellyfish populations off New Jersey coastlines, Brust set her in touch with Bologna, who specializes in jellyfish ecology in Barnegat Bay. Bologna’s site on the Montclair faculty web-site lists two of his specializations as “Invasive Jellyfish in New Jersey” and “Stinging Sea Nettles: Populace Biology and Impacts on Foodstuff Webs in New Jersey.”
While she’s never prior to frequented Very long Beach front Island, Kratz remarked, “I strategy on likely there when I collect drinking water samples. In get to make sure I experienced info for this task, Dr. Bologna prompt I get to out to groups that complete beach sweeps, which is how I arrived across ALO.”
Bologna and Kratz will monitor beached and swimming jellyfish sightings alongside the coast with the support of beachgoers and boaters, and they “hope that this challenge helps deliver recognition to this problem and encourages other folks to much better safeguard the oceans.”
The twosome asks that any one who has witnessed a jellyfish when going for walks the seashore, or when out in the drinking water, choose a handful of minutes to fill out a study linked on their Instagram account, @newjerseyjellyfishproject, or their Fb web page, New Jersey Jellyfish Undertaking.
Submissions will be accepted until the conclude of February 2021.
As Kratz notes on the type, “I enormously respect your contributions,” and adds, “I request that you do not touch any jellyfish you locate, nor strategy a single with intact tentacles.”
For additional details on the task, e mail Kratz at newjerseyjellyfishproject@gmail.com.  —J.K.-H.

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