Nardin Today Fall 2015 - page 11

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NardinToday
Fall 2015
InpartnershipwithCornellUniversity,
twelvehigh school girlsparticipated in
“StudentsEngaging theEnvironment:
AStudent andScientistCollaboration
toAssessAquatic InvasiveSpecies”
this fall.The student-orientedcitizen
scientistproject, overseenbyhigh
school biology teacher,MarilouBebak,
monitors thepresenceof invasivefish
species throughoutNewYorkState.
Nardin students collectedvarious
water samples inaneffort to identify
DNAof sea lamprey, Asiancarp, and
roundGoby, eachofwhichposea
serious threat toecosystemsaround
theworld, especially those incoastal
regionsand in theGreat Lakes.Visiting
theBuffaloRiver,HamburgBeach, and
Fort Erie, Canada, they testedwater
samples, as theyattempted to trace
thepathwayof these invasivefishup
theErieCanal.
n
Fishing
for DNA
Gettingoutof the
classroomand into
hands-on learning
MARILOUBEBAK
class
acts
EMBRACING BUFFALO
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