Lisa Park Boush to Explore Biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika

Professor Lisa Park Boush As part of interdisciplinary research team, Department of Earth Sciences Professor Lisa Park Boush was awarded 2.5 million dollar from the National Science Foundation to explore the relationship between climate change and biodiversity at Lake Tanganyika, Africa. To do so, the team will collect and analyze sediment cores from the lake bed using a variety of sedimentological, fossil, and genetic techniques. Professor Park Boush will analyze the cores for microscopic crustaceans called ostracods. Together, the team's research will evaluate the consequences of environmental change over the past several thousand years on biodiversity within Lake Tanganyika. This research is critical for understanding the effects of climate change on one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most important fisheries.

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