Measurements of heavy metals in the moss Orthotrichum lyellii collected using community science in the Duwamish Valley, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Sarah Jovan, Christopher Zuidema, Monika Derrien, Amanda Bidwell, Weston Brinkley, Robert Smith, Dale Blahna, Roseann Barnhill, Linn Gould, Alberto Rodríguez, Michael Amacher, Troy Abel & Paulina López
Heavy metals concentrations often vary at small spatial scales not captured by air monitoring networks, with implications for environmental justice in industrial-adjacent communities. Pollutants measured in moss tissues are commonly used as a screening tool to guide use of more expensive resources, like air monitors. We piloted a community science approach, engaging over 55 people from nine institutions, to map heavy metals using moss in two industrial-adjacent neighborhoods. Local youth led sampling of the moss...
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