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Student Scientist Saturday!

by Cass Nieman (Duke CEM student) As part of our student scientists program, we are trying to provide a fun “Science Saturday” once a month for high school students interested in STEM. These activities can range from shadowing a graduate … Continue reading

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Touch Tank Time!

Written by: Cass Nieman — CEM student at the Duke Marine lab What’s better than going out into the ocean and finding sea creatures? Having them brought to you after a long day of school! Well maybe not better, but … Continue reading

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Marine Debris Masterpiece

by: Cass Nieman (Duke CEM student) Fourth-graders at St. Egbert Catholic School are finishing up the DUML Community Science Initiative’s first year-long program on marine debris. Throughout the school year, these students have participated in various activities, incorporating math, art, … Continue reading

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Do Anemones Eat Microplastics?

Written by: Cass Nieman  — MEM student at Duke Marine Lab The presence of microplastics in marine environments is a growing problem as the production of plastic is continually increasing, and much of what is manufactured breaks down––or is already … Continue reading

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MES Marine Debris Mural

In order to show their classmates the effect humans and our trash have on the oceans, the Green Team at Morehead City Elementary School created an ocean mural and progressively added debris to it throughout the week. They started with … Continue reading

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Ocean Friendly Establishments

Americans alone use a whopping 500 million straws each day and 5 billion plastic bags each year, which adds to the estimated 17 million tons of plastic that enters the ocean every year. The Ocean Friendly Establishments certification program was … Continue reading

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A Marine Debris Valentine’s Day

Nobody loves marine debris, so Valentine’s Day may seem like a strange time to write a blog about it. However, we think about marine debris every day, and Valentine’s Day is no exception! Here are a few happier ways to … Continue reading

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Journey of X

Back in the classroom, students participated in the “Circle of Viewpoints and Journey of X mural activities (Creative engagement activities, page 22) as part of DUML’s Program on Marine Debris. In these activities, each student thinks about the the lifespan … Continue reading

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2017 Highlights

In 2017, Duke University Marine Lab launched its first community science research project focusing on marine debris. The year-long interdisciplinary program developed by DUML researchers, local teachers, and community members is intended for fourth and fifth grade classes in Carteret … Continue reading

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