Monthly Archives: April 2013

Seagrass responses to ocean acidification: Chris M earns departmental honors

  Biology Honors Presentations.  Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.Stafford Auditorium.  Christopher Mealey presents “Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems”  Chris Mealey will present his honors thesis research, including work from the Chesapeake Bay (USA) and Moreton Bay (Australia) this week.  Chris arrived in our lab four years ago and also conducted research at the School for Field Studies – Turks and Caicos site on invasive lionfish and at the University of Queensland as a part of our Global Scholars Program.  Some of his work was published in Continue reading →

Global Scholar’s continue their research around the world

  Fearless Curiosity, Fulbright scholar Phoebe Oldach ’13’s bold path to success by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson Phoebe Oldach ’13 doesn’t just talk with her hands. She talks with her pen—accompanying every in-depth explanation with a brisk doodle or scrawl that visualizes her point.  By the end of our hour together, she’s filled a once-pristine sheet of computer paper with illustrations of chemical chains, fish fins and toxic-waste dump sites—a visual guide to a conversational path that takes several small detours, but in the end, progresses to Continue reading →

Findings confirmed!

At the recent Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop in Morocco a group led by Professor Maria Buia showed that the seagrass P. oceanica also suffers reduced phenolic contents in high CO2 / low pH waters near Ischia, Italy, confirming our findings on C. nodosa from Italy and our more recent work on aquatic plants in the Chesapeake Bay.  Their group documented changes in total reactive phenolics that were similar to those we observed at the volcanic vent sites on Vulcano in May 2011.  Last year other researchers found that P. Continue reading →

Vulcano volcano fieldsite

The main crater of the volcano on the island of Vulcano, Itlay, showing our fieldsite in the foreground.  This underwater vent sites emit carbon dioxide, simulating the conditions of ocean acidification and is one of the study sites for the Europena MedSeA program.

Global Scholars and the Forum for Education Abroad

Forum for Education Abroad’s annual conference in Chicago where we had the opportunity to share the results of our first Dickinson Global Scholars program.  The 2012  program was a combination of intensive student-faculty research and global education and a collaborative effort to study the impacts of climate change on Moreton Bay, Australia.  Thanks to all of those who supported our new model of student research and study abroad, including Dickinson’s own Centers for Global Studies and Engagement and Sustainability Education as well as the Smithsonian Continue reading →