Recently, my transition took place with a move to Los Angeles to teach printmaking and drawing at California State University Northridge. Living close to the ocean in a sprawling metropolis has peaked my interest in how water quality effects the smallest of creatures, traveling up the food chain to the largest.
Harmful algal blooms, sometimes referred to as red tides, are on the rise along populated coasts, in part from run off altering the water's nutrient balance and feeding the algae. In the Pacific, Pseudo-nitzschia produces domoic acid, a neurotoxin to humans and other mammals. Harmful algal blooms play a role in marine mortality events, including the 35 plus tons of suffocated sardines in King Harbor near Los Angeles this past March.
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Red Tide, Relief print, 5 in. x 7 in., 2011