By Dylan Halbeisen The Coronavirus pandemic forced the summer REU program to branch into many fruitful limbs of learning. From the fundamentals of computer code to delivering a science talk over the internet, I am advantageously learning a diverse range
The Smaller Things in Life
By Tre’Andice Williams Do you ever think about the smaller things in life? So small, you are unable to view with a naked eye. Well, let’s take a minute to visualize a microscopic protist. Kind of hard, right? To be
A Wealth of Undiscovered Information
By Annabelle Adams-Beyea Today, the surface of Mars is mapped better than the surface below the ocean. From what scientists have discovered, the ocean floor consists of many diverse environments supporting a plethora of life. One critical component of the
The Science of Oil Spills
By Cameron Carlson From all the way out in Anchorage, Alaska, I’m Cameron Carlson and I had the amazing opportunity of joining the Bigelow summer REU. I am a biochemistry major from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where I primarily
Ocean Color Satellites
By Taylor Rouse My research evaluates the performance of satellite ocean color algorithms for carbon in the Gulf of Maine as part of a larger effort to enhance remote sensing technology. I am specifically checking to see if the data
Eight Years of Water Samples
By Allegra Rocha I have only left my home state of California once in my life – and it was for three days just 15 miles into Oregon. Moving across the country for 10 weeks sounded terrifying, yet incredibly exciting.
Tiny Creatures with a Big Impact
By Hannah Primiano How small do you think phytoplankton are? You can guess, but I promise that the answer will surprise you. On average, they are about 80 microns. For reference, the diameter of one strand of hair is 75
Whale, Whale, Whale: What Do We Have Here?
By Turner Johnson The group of species known as “right whales” was once seen as the quintessential (read: “right”) whale to hunt; they forage on the sea’s surface close to shore, are friendly towards boats, and float when killed. Beginning
Day and Night in the Gulf of Maine
This summer, I had the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of Senior Research Scientist David Fields at Bigelow Laboratory. The Fields laboratory primarily focuses on research pertaining to zooplankton, predominantly copepod, behavior in their global and local distribution.
A New Type of Aquaculture
By Benjamin Bromberg Over the past 20 years, the economic impact of oyster fisheries on the Maine economy has increased by a factor of seven, jumping from a valuation of $1-2 million in the early 2000s to a valuation of