Guppies Adapting to Oil Pollution?

Scientist from McGill University believed that they had discovered   guppies that  could adapt to heavily oil-polluted oil environments in Trinidad.

https://McGill University. “How Do Fish Adapt to Oil Pollution?” YouTube. YouTube, 25 Jan. 2016. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

What these scientist actually found was these guppies are not adapting to their environment. The scientist were surprised to find that their assumptions were wrong because the guppies seemed to be surviving just fine and are known to adapt  quickly.

The world’s ecosystem is changing quickly due to high stress that mankind is putting on the environment. If fish were able to adapt or survive in water that is highly polluted by oil it would be very beneficial.

The guppies didn’t adapt but  are instead “running away” from their competitors and predators.  The guppies  can survive in the oil-polluted environment much better than their predators and competition.

Works Cited:

McGill University. “How Do Fish Adapt to Oil Pollution?” YouTube. YouTube, 25 Jan. 2016. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

Rolshausen, G., Phillip, D. A. T., Beckles, D. M., Akbari, A., Ghoshal, S., Hamilton, P. B., Tyler, C. R., Scarlett, A. G., Ramnarine, I., Bentzen, P. and Hendry, A. P. (2015), Do stressful conditions make adaptation difficult? Guppies in the oil-polluted environments of southern Trinidad. Evolutionary Applications, 8:  854—870. doi:  10.1111/eva.12289

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  1. Thanks Cassidy– Here are some pointers for your next article
    Here are some pointers for your next article:

    1st Paragraph(section) —- In your introduction give us the broad picture with focus on the topic being discussed — guide us as to why we should care about the article that you are about to write — Be concise and factual and perhaps cite 1-2 references from a PEER-REVIEWED journal that you can find free to download on Google Scholar.

    2nd Paragraph or (section) Focus on the problem — e.g., Warming climates are changing habitats and causing relocation of species which can impact the ecological balance of natural systems within that ecoregion.

    3rd Paragraph or (section) –Talk about the research or what is being done to address the problem

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    Here is an example of how you will cite a peer-reviewed journal article

    Von Hippel, F. A., & Weigner, H. (2004). Sympatric anadromous-resident pairs of threespine stickleback species in young lakes and streams at Bering Glacier, Alaska. Behaviour, 141(11-12), 1441-1464.

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