JU Marine Science Research Institute’s Dr. Gerry Pinto talks toxins on WJXT’s “This Week in Jacksonville”

Dr. Gerry Pinto, research scientist with Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute, and Dr. Radha Pyati, chair of the UNF Department of Chemistry, appeared Sunday, Oct. 27, on WJXT TV-4′s “This Week in Jacksonville” program to discuss toxins in the St. Johns River and the findings of the Sixth Annual State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin Report.

Pinto spoke at length about raised levels of contaminants in the water and the impact on marine life and the ecosystem.

To see the appearance, watch below:

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The State of the River Report (www.sjrreport.com) is a collaboration among UNF, JU and Valdosta State University and is supported by the Environmental Protection Board of the City of Jacksonville. UNF River Report team members include Pyati, Dr. Stuart Chalk, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Brian Zoellner, assistant professor and Graduate Program director; and Dr. Pat Welsh, retired civil engineering professor. JU team members include Dr. Pinto, Dr. Lucinda Sonnenberg, director of the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Chemical Research; Dr. Nisse Goldberg, associate professor of biology/marine science; and Kim Mann, marine science graduate student.

The Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University is the premier biological and environmental research and education facility on the St. Johns River. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot “certified-green” building has classrooms, laboratories, offices for the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and areas for teaching Duval County public school students. For more information, visit www.ju.edu.

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