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By Michaela Friedrich
Cheney Free Press 

GU students research microplastics in Turnbull


Last updated 6/30/2022 at 1:57pm

Michaela Friedrich

Students remove the screens covering the 100-gallon tubs to identify macroinvertebrates and any microplastics that might have clumped together in the tubs.

CHENEY- As part of their summer research work, six students from Gonzaga University's (GU) biology department have been out and about in the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge to try and find out how microplastics affect aquatic communities.

The students work in a section of Eastern Washington University's (EWU) field station known as the Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies. Part of their research is at a pond inside Turnbull.

Kaitlyn Palacio and Gracie McRae came up with the idea. The two lead the project.

"We've been working with microplastics in the lab and we were looking for something mo...

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