Category Archives: MBRP

2012 MBRP Professional Advisory Committee

2012 MBRP PAC Members
2012 MBRP PAC Members

On Wednesday, December 5th, 13 marine specialists gathered on Governors Island for the annual Marine Biology Research Program’s Professional Advisory Committee meeting. MBRP 12th grade students convened at Soissons Dock to welcome the members off the ferry with water quality gear in hand. Once the members disembarked, we headed over to Pier 101 to work on water quality and participate in a short presentation by SeaArc Scientists Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Ido Sella on Econcrete. We then headed over to the MBRP lab and had a working lunch session where we discussed how to improve the Program. Our two main goals were, 01) the further development of internship opportunities for students and, 02) the further development of research collaborations between our PAC members and the MBRP. For a list of our accomplishments click here.

Aquatic Ecosystem Models – Class of ’15

Orlando, Alisha, and Averille working on their Aquatic Ecosystem Models.

So far this year the 10th grade Marine Biology Research students have done a great job of working together to produce exceptional results. Putting together Aquatic Ecosystem Models, they’ve begun to learn the basics of water chemistry, physics, and ecology. From jump starting the nitrification cycle in their Models by adding ammonium chloride and nitrifying bacteria to adding terrestrial plants for nitrate removal, these future environmental scientists are learning what it takes to keep an ecosystem healthy from the bottom up. Once these students have mastered keeping their Ecosystems healthy they’ll start formulating projects around the Hudson River Estuary to apply their skills to the real world. Continue here.

November Update in Pictures

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, the month started off in Stuyvesant as our students filled the auditorium for lectures on the science and impacts of hurricanes.
Despite the challenges of displacement and gridlock caused by the floods, MBRP students rose to the occasion, walked miles for available transportation, and attended the Green Careers fair hosted by the Nature Conservancy.
MBRP students jump back into gear and kick start the nitrification cycles in their Aquatic Ecosystem Models. In this image, they’re weighing out a fractional amount of Ammonium Chloride to feed the nitrifying bacteria.
Aquatic Ecosystem Model in its beginning stage of assembly with substrate added and nitrification cycle started.
Senior MBRP students contemplating solutions to improve the Hudson River Estuary.
Harbor SEALs Thanksgiving dinner with visiting alumni.
3 Harbor SEALs birthday girls – Tahirah, Rachel, and Stephanie.
…and to finish the month off, Senior MBRP students volunteer at The River Project to help them dry off after Sandy interrupted their operation on Pier 40.

For more images click here.