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Chemical Analysis of Threatened and Endangered Species in San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay is a highly urbanized estuary that ranks as one of the most polluted coastal bodies of water in the United States, but it also provides critical habitat for many sensitive species. Its shores are prime nesting ground for the Endangered California Least Tern, marshes and mudflats support thousands of shorebirds, and extensive eelgrass beds serve as nursery habitat for many fish species and key foraging grounds for the Endangered East Pacific green turtle .This collaborative project used cutting-edge chemical analyses to identify key resources, habitats, and to evaluate metal and organic contaminant exposure and load in species for California Least Tern, green turtles and other species of conservation concern in San Diego Bay.

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California Least Tern flying