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The European Green Crab

European Green Crab as an Invasive Species (Conflict Copy)

A note from the creators, Ellie Hedison (V Form) and Marcus Permatteo (V Form):

While creating our infographic, we wanted to strike a balance between being informative and visually appealing.  The European Green Crab, an invasive species, has transformed ecosystems and communities along the eastern coast of the United States. We hoped to address the main aspects of the Green Crab as an invasive species and how it puts ecosystems in danger through visuals and graphs instead of simply just writing a paper. The European Green Crab was an appealing topic for us because it has a local effect, infiltrating the coasts of Maine and Cape Cod. (more…)

Environmental Blog: Can We Blame Cows for Climate Change?

By Emma Plumb, VI Form

Environmental Blog: Can We Blame Cows for Climate Change?

Editors’ Note: The following piece is one of many blog posts written by Advanced Environmental students; check out the blog herehttps://2015enviroblog.wordpress.com/

We all know that burning fossil fuels releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. We can, and should, buy hybrid cars, ride our bikes and put up solar panels to help solve the problem of climate change. But did you know coming home to a steak dinner also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions? Livestock is responsible for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and 18% of emissions worldwide through enteric (microbial) fermentation and manure management, not even taking into account transportation. (more…)

The Circadian Clock and The Adverse Effects of Elevated CAT Level

By David Baek, VI Form

The Circadian Clock and The Adverse Effects of Elevated CAT Level

Introduction: This project probes into the molecular mechanism of the circadian clock of Drosophila Melanogaster. The circadian clock exists in all living things and regulates the daily rhythm of organisms’ metabolism, behavior, and other outputs that affect the organisms’ development (CH Ko, 2006). The circadian clock is a field that researchers and scientists have yet to fully understand due to the ambiguity of how circadian clock affect invertebrates and vertebrates. To uncover one small aspect of this obscurity, this study seeks to find the effect of sleep deprivation on antioxidant defense in fruit flies. If there were to be a link, the investigation would be significant as the effect will explain how sleep deprivation in humans can lead to the weakening of their antioxidant defense, leading to multiple cardiovascular diseases and pathological conditions such as plaque formation in vessels (Takeda, 2011) (Dominguez-Rodriguez et al, 2009). (more…)

Drunk Worms: My Internship and Research on Alcoholism

By Marissa Huggins, VI Form

Drunk Worms: My Internship and Research on Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a serious disease that affects 7.2 % of the United States adult population.¹ This illness is often influenced by genetics; more people are predisposed to develop alcoholism, or alcohol addiction, based on their DNA. While significant discoveries have been made, there is room for growth in the scientific research field surrounding the genetic factors that contribute to the development of alcoholism.This past summer, I engaged in an eight-week long internship at Rosalind Franklin University under the mentorship of Dr. Hongkyun Kim. Dr. Kim’s work focuses on researching muscular dystrophy, ion channel localization, and alcohol and excitability using Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) as a model organism. (more…)

The Threats Facing Whales

By Kristen Upton, VI Form
The Threats Facing Whales
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Over the course of the summer, I had an internship at Ocean Alliance, a non-profit organization in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The main objective of the organization is to help with the conservation of whales and the ocean through research and education. I created an infographic to be used to educate the public about the current threats that are facing whales.


A Vegan’s Manifesto

By Henry Hirschfeld, IV Form

A Vegan’s Manifesto

“Are you sure you’re getting enough protein?” and “Humans were designed to be omnivores” are common reactions when I tell people I eat vegan. A vegan diet is where one must abstain from all animal products, including meat, dairy products, eggs, and even honey. I became a vegan after working at an organic farm for the first time in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Working in the soil and taking care of the vegetables every day showed me the tremendous amount of work it takes to feed people. At farmer’s markets on the weekends, I was fortunate enough to interact with my customers, and I witnessed first-hand how much they appreciate fresh produce. Mary, my mentor on the farm, helped me realize that 75% of today’s farms are polluted with harmful chemicals which affect the soil quality as well as the (more…)

The S-Word: Meaningful Implementation of Sustainability as a Theme in Curricula

By Lindsey Lohwater, Science Faculty

The S-Word: Meaningful Implementation of Sustainability as a Theme in Curricula

For some, sustainability is a buzzword – a current trend in both popular and educational culture. However, viewing this topic as just the next trend does it a disservice. We are all familiar with those trends that promise to elevate our teaching and help us churn out those elusive well-rounded, critical-thinkers that will change the future of our nation and world. Most of those trends inevitably fizzle out. We cannot allow sustainability to do the same. Inherent in the concept of sustainability (defined as able to last or continue for a long time[1]) is the understanding that it deserves to be methodically infused into our curricula with the (more…)

Challenging the World to Decrease Energy Use

By Kristen Upton, V Form, Annette Kang, VI Form, and Kristin Smith, VI Form

Challenging the World to Decrease Energy Use

In our Advanced Environmental Science class, we had the challenge of making a 1-2 minute proposal video that would invite and encourage people around the world to find a solution to our essential question: How much of our energy use is actually necessary? In our video, we challenged our viewers to decrease their unnecessary energy use, with our goal being to prompt conversations and spread awareness of superfluous energy consumption. As we try to accomplish this feat at our school, we hope that this video will spur inspiration in others to take on the same challenge.

Team Energy’s Video:  Click Here