Q. What is your job?
A: I am a marine toxologist. I look at the harmful effects toxins have on our environment.
Q:What do you teach kids?
A: I teach them about harmful algae.
Q: What is your favorite thing to teach kids?
A: I like to expose kids to new ideas and things.
Q: What is phytoplankton?
A: Phytoplankton is a small floating plant.
Q: What does it do?
A: Phytoplankton makes oxygen and feeds a lot of the food chain.
Q: What are you studying?
A: I study toxins to find out where they end up in the food chain.
Q: Does it hurt the environment?
A: Sometimes, the red tide can kill a lot of fish.
Q: Does phytoplankton help the environment?
A: Ye, it does. It creates oxygen, and feeds the lower levels of the food chain.
Q: How many kinds of phytoplankton are harmful?
A: About 500 are harmful. It may sound like a lot, but it is only 5% of all phytoplankton.