OSCAR student Ben Rhoades: DMV Microplastics Study

I can see plastic everywhere now– and not just the water bottles on the side of the trail or the plastic bags in branches, but the tab you pull off of a disposable squirt bottle and the tiny corner torn off of a granola bar. The most visually impactful part of this summer has been … More OSCAR student Ben Rhoades: DMV Microplastics Study

OSCAR student Jeremy Williams: Life in the Fish Lab

Life in the aquatic environment has always had my interest since I was young. It’s just something about life under water that fascinates me. My OSCAR research project this summer has been a phenomenal experience so far. Learning about fish communities and assemblages has shown me a different perspective of life.  I never really knew … More OSCAR student Jeremy Williams: Life in the Fish Lab

OSCAR student Han Nguyen: Microplastics in The Tidal Freshwater Potomac River

My name is Han Nguyen and I am a rising junior majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. This is my first summer participating in the OSCAR Summer Team Impact Project. Prior to participating in this program, I had never conducted a scientific study that is laboratory based or been in the field to … More OSCAR student Han Nguyen: Microplastics in The Tidal Freshwater Potomac River

With Second Workshop, NCCOS Continues Focus on Hypoxia’s Effects on Fish and Fisheries

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences (NCCOS) recently published an article about work Dr. Kim de Mutsert’s lab is working on in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: “Building on results of an initial 2017 workshop, a second advisory panel workshop concerning the effects of low dissolved oxygen in water (hypoxia) was held June 24-25, … More With Second Workshop, NCCOS Continues Focus on Hypoxia’s Effects on Fish and Fisheries

Graduate Student, Doreen Peters, Finds Microplastic across the Salinity Gradient

We live in a world where plastic is all around us, both where we want it (in inexpensive, lightweight, colorful products) and where we do not want it (in rivers, bays, and coastal areas). Large pieces of plastic are called macroplastics and pieces less than 5 mm in size are known as microplastics. As a … More Graduate Student, Doreen Peters, Finds Microplastic across the Salinity Gradient

Graduate Student, Doreen Peters, Finds Microplastic across the Salinity Gradient

We live in a world where plastic is all around us, both where we want it (in inexpensive, lightweight, colorful products) and where we do not want it (in rivers, bays, and coastal areas). Large pieces of plastic are called macroplastics and pieces less than 5 mm in size are known as microplastics. As a … More Graduate Student, Doreen Peters, Finds Microplastic across the Salinity Gradient

OSCAR Student, Chris Martin, Works on Food Web Analysis

My absolute favorite part of the OSCAR research experience has been putting together the data collected and analyzing it for meaning.  In this photograph, I was presenting the culmination of the entire summer’s research project at the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC).  It was such an amazing experience to be able to perform … More OSCAR Student, Chris Martin, Works on Food Web Analysis

OSCAR Student Angelica Frederick Learns About the Fate of Pharmaceuticals

One of my long-term goals has always been to do something for the community. I spent years trying to figure out the best way to give back. Eventually, I realized that science would be a great way to contribute. After my stint in the US Army, I went on to pursue my undergraduate degree in … More OSCAR Student Angelica Frederick Learns About the Fate of Pharmaceuticals