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of water people, he's never lived more
than 15 miles from a major body of
water. He fishes the waters around
Morehead City. In warm weather, he
swims Bogue Sound, outside his window at Carolina's Institute of Marine
Sciences, for exercise.
"I don't," he says,
"want to come out of
the water with algae
hanging over my ears."
The Kenan Professor ofmarine sciences
and environmental sciences is trying to
figure out how to head that off Paerl
studies the impact of nutrients on the
aquatic life ofan estuarine river. Nutrients
in his business are not a good thing-
they feed unwanted plant growth that
chokes fish and scares people who come
to the water seeking pleasure.
Among the collections in his indoor
lab at the institute on an early spring day
are plastic bottles full of the Neuse River,
labeled 1 through 40. A graduate student
is looking at the effects on algae of water
with low nutrient content; Paerl more
often is called on to explain the effects of
too many nutrients, primarily nitrogen.
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