Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

July 20, 2014 10:09 PM

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Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida Coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.

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