TMLA Junior Presents Research at Student Conference for Conservation Science, Museum of Natural History
TMLA Junior Anna Ducroiset was invited by the Student Conference for Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History to present a poster abstract of her recent biochemical research. Although this international conference was designed for Graduate and PhD students, the conference mentors and attendees were impressed by the quality and significance of Anna’s research.
With other scientists, Anna has worked at a lab in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and at the Marine Biological Lab in Cape Cod during the summer months and also during the school year. The research includes the effect of RoundUp Herbicide (common weed killer) and rising ocean temperatures on a plant species that lives freely in the water and inside of coral reefs. The free floating plant species is essential for the production of atmospheric oxygen, processing of CO2, and regulating ocean acidification rates as well as for the ability of coral to grow.
As we become more aware of our planet, we understand that coral reefs are important for many reasons. They are thought to contain the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms while providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.
Anna became involved with this project the summer going into 9th grade. Her mentor was her Earth Science Regent teacher who encouraged her interest in science. Anna intends to continue with this research during her years in high school and then hopefully to pursue this study throughout college.
Anna claims that she “loves doing the research. It’s so interesting to work with scientists and learn about a million different things at once. I really liked how I was given an absolutely unique experience I could not get anywhere else.”