HUMAN ACTIVITIES IMPACT AQUATIC ORGANISMS

Human activities are threatening aquatic organisms by polluting the waters. Pesticides, metals, antibiotics and other chemicals enter the surface waters everyday and accumulate in the sea, leaving negative impacts of biota. Aquatic toxicology is the study of toxic effects of chemicals on aquatic organisms. Changes in the physiological, genetic and behavioral makeup of an organism, may be consequences of contaminants in the water.

My art piece shows how the human population, represented by the hand, is negatively affecting aquatic species, which is represented by the face. The face is made out of an eggshell symbolizing a fish embryo and aquatic life.

16” x 20”

COLOURED PENCIL ON PAPER

ABHILASHA VERMANI, Artist

Psycholog, Neuroscience & Behaviour, Undergraduate

JOANNA WILSON, Ph.D.Researcher

Department of Biology