James Cavaretta, center, a freshman majoring in chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University and an intern through the Coastal Watershed Institute, assists Jennifer Nelson, left, a grad student in environmental science at FGCU, organize materials Nelson collected with fellow graduate student Erin Dykes (not shown) such as sediment, water and oysters after Nelson and Dykes returned from a field trip in the lab at FGCU on Monday. Nelson and Dykes were collecting the materials to determine the metals and mercury levels in the water to study how those levels affect the Eastern Oyster. The materials will be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection. Nelson expects to receive the results in a few weeks.

Photo by JIMMIE PRESLEY

James Cavaretta, center, a freshman majoring in chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University and an intern through the Coastal Watershed Institute, assists Jennifer Nelson, left, a grad student in environmental science at FGCU, organize materials Nelson collected with fellow graduate student Erin Dykes (not shown) such as sediment, water and oysters after Nelson and Dykes returned from a field trip in the lab at FGCU on Monday. Nelson and Dykes were collecting the materials to determine the metals and mercury levels in the water to study how those levels affect the Eastern Oyster. The materials will be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection. Nelson expects to receive the results in a few weeks.

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