Molecular Environmental Science

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Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana

July 2017

Liz was one of the instructors for the Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana. The week-long summer school was hosted by the Regional Maritime University in Accra, Ghana. The goal is to promote an advanced understanding of ocean-marine environments and Liz presented on the chemistry of the ocean. Former JP student Winn Johnson was an instructor for the 2015 class.

Before (left) and after (right) plastic debris is removed from a beach in Ghana:

Science Journal for Kids


The Science Journal for Kids adapts peer-reviewed science for students (and their teachers). The article ('How do tiny critters affect the global carbon cycle') is an adaptation of the Moran et al. 2016 PNAS paper.

Original article:

Moran, M.A., E.B. Kujawinski, A. Stubbins, R. Fatland, L.I. Aluwihare, A. Buchan, B.C. Crump, P.C. Dorrestein, S.T. Dyhrman, N.J. Hess, B. Howe, K. Longnecker, P.M. Medeiros, J. Niggemann, I. Obernosterer, D.J. Repeta and J.R. Waldbauer (2016). Deciphering ocean carbon in a changing world. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113: 3143-3151

Under the Waves: WHOI Science in Local Waters

June 2015

Winn Johnson, Cara Fiore, and Yina Liu joined with other members of the WHOI community to present water-related activities designed for all ages. The Kujawinski laboratory activities introduced people to different chemicals found in seawater. By allowing people to literally get their hands wet, we share our enthusiasm for marine chemistry.

NYC SUBMERGE! Marine Science Festival

October 2014

Two participants in the DeepDOM cruise (Harriet Alexander and Colleen Durkin) joined with other WHOI graduate students to present activities centered around the 2013 DeepDOM cruise  ( led by Kujawinski. Specifically, they developed an activity involving models of different types of sinking particles, examples of particles collected on the 2013 DeepDOM cruise, DeepDOM fieldwork photos, dress up like the oceanographers in those photos, and a sediment trap that was used on DeepDOM. Over the duration of the festival, they had at least 4500 visitors who were from every borough of New York City. Approximately half of the participants were between the ages of 31-65 and about a third were 10 and younger. The activities were all hands-on activities designed to appeal to range of ages and backgrounds.

Last updated: August 17, 2017