Acholonu publishes in the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences

Acholonu publishes in the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences

Dr. Alex D. W. Acholonu, professor of biology at Alcorn State University, published an article with his student Latasha Owens in the recently published October 2012 issue of the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. The article “Assessment of the Quality of Water Collected from the Surface Waters of Houston and Galveston, Texas One Year after Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike” discusses impact of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall along Louisiana Coast and parts of Texas on September 1, 2008, and Hurricane Ike’s landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008.

This study was conducted during two field trips to Houston and Galveston with local K-12 teachers and Alcorn’s Ecology Club members undertaken to observe the damages caused by the two hurricanes and to determine the extent to which surface waters from Houston and Galveston, Texas, were polluted one year after the hurricanes.

“Based on the results of this study,” said Dr. Acholonu. “The water samples from Galveston and Houston met the Mississippi water quality standards, with the exception of the pollutants, carbon dioxide, water hardness, and phosphate.”

Water quality is one of Dr. Acholonu’s long-time research areas. Under his direction, the students are continuing water pollution studies in the fresh water bodies in the state of Mississippi. Also, during his recent trip to Nigeria, he made radio and television appearances to report on “Water and Health”. 

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Pictured: Dr. Acholonu.