Freshwater-sponge-research

“CofC Marine Biology Major on a Quest for Cushions of Glass”

Next time you go to a lake, pond or river, take a look at the thin sheets of organisms attached to the sides of docks and rocks. Among them you may find a cushiony creature like the ones Chris Freeman, visiting assistant professor of biology, has been finding all over the Lowcountry.

“A colleague of mine had been finding freshwater sponges in Tennessee, and I wanted a local project for students, so we started looking in local waterways and found our first sponge on a dock in North Charleston,” says Freeman, who studies coral reef ecology. “I also thought it would be a perfect way to study a new aspect of biodiversity in the region. Plus, since freshwater sponges in South Carolina are so understudied, we have an open book of opportunities.”

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