Article courtesy of William G. Gilroy | July 27, 2016 | Notre Dame News | Shared as educational material
Researchers are beginning to use snapping and painted turtles to measure wetland pollution in the Great Lakes areas. A monitoring program called the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative assessed water quality, plants, invertebrates, fish, birds and amphibians. This initiative did not include reptiles. An undergraduate researcher suggested also testing particular reptiles, turtles. The Great Lakes have suffered from unregulated industrial waste dumping, which has created many problems for the ecosystem. Because turtles have long lifespans, they are able to display the effects of pollution better than other species found in the area. Read more about the research on turtles here: http://ntrda.me/2wJUDei.