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Oct 22, 2019 1:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Eastport-South Manor Science Students Visit Stony Brook University's Gobler Lab in Southampton

Eastport-South Manor students visit Stony Brook University to learn more about the research programs regarding the Shinnecock Bay. COURTESY OF EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SCHOOL DISTRICT
Oct 22, 2019 3:01 PM

A group of Eastport-South Manor High School science students traveled to Stony Brook Southampton last month to get some hands-on experience in a marine biology lab.
Students taking Advanced Placement environmental science and science research classes at the high school had the opportunity to see the Gobler Laboratory — which focuses on harmful algal blooms, climate change and coastal ecosystems — at the college’s Marine Science Center, and even went out on the Research Vessel Peconic, which scientists use to study the environment.
“It was really intriguing, enlightening research,” said senior Brooke Morabito, who is taking the science research class. “I’m really glad to have had the opportunity to learn and grow from this trip. I’ve never felt more sure about my major. Stony Brook University deserves a huge thank you for opening their doors and minds to us here at Eastport-South Manor.”
Students assisted Stony Brook scientists by collecting data during their visit. The findings from water samples the students collected while on the Research Vessel Peconic will be used as data for presentations at the university’s symposium in January — a presentation of all of the research conducted at the school throughout the academic year.
“Not only was our trip … fun, it was also very productive,” said sophomore Makayla Capolino. “I learned the extreme importance of water quality on marine life, and I got to be a part of hands-on activities that enhanced my learning. Being able to go on the boat and experience part of what we were learning opened my eyes in understanding the purpose of our lab and the topic we were learning.”
Eastport-South Manor students were able to learn more about several of the lab projects currently being conducted at the university, according to Eastport-South Manor science teacher Jim Ostensen. He noted that students met with lab manager Chris Paparato, who described current research projects, including studies of ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, shellfish survival, and Northeastern whale survival.
“Mr. Paparato also explained how students may get more involved in Stony Brook’s research program,” he said. “In addition, the students visited two sites on Shinnecock Bay to collect data for their water quality project, and will have the opportunity to present their findings and request an internship at Stony Brook’s Symposium at the end of January.”

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