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For Immediate Release: December 13, 2011
Gina Hebert, (508) 289-7725, ghebert@mbl.edu
Senior Publicist/Development Communications, Marine Biological Laboratory

MBL Environmental Science Students to Present Results of Local Research at December 16th Symposium

WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to attend a symposium featuring the research results of 23 students who have spent the last 10 weeks participating in the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL’s) Semester in Environmental Science (SES) program. The symposium will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, December 16 in the MBL’s Speck Auditorium, 10 MBL Street, Woods Hole and will feature 15-minute presentations of research projects that range from a survey of Falmouth homeowners' lawns to study the effects of fertilizer, to a project that involves extracting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in the laboratory to test its ability to capture nitrogen.

Now in its fifteenth year, the SES program is designed to immerse undergraduate science students in an intensive semester of hands-on ecological science using a curriculum that approaches environmental science from an ecosystems perspective. It is sponsored by the MBL’s Ecosystems Center.

Students conduct research in local sites on Cape Cod such as freshwater ponds, brackish estuaries, and a forest irrigated with wastewater effluent from our municipal sewage treatment plant, but the problems addressed during the semester are by no means local; they include impacts of land use change, disruption of the global nitrogen cycle, climate change, fossil fuel emissions and carbon cycling, deforestation and over exploitation of fisheries.

In addition to taking courses in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems science, the students have participated in a science-writing seminar designed to illustrate how the results of scientific investigations can be transmitted to the public.

Calick here for a full listing of presentations.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in 1888 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.