Taking a Look at Local Ecology

Taking a Look at Local Ecology photo

R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Earth SMART classes recently took their learning outside of the classroom. They participated in an interactive program called the Flax Pond Marine Lab through Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

For the project, the students traveled to the laboratory, located in Old Field, New York, to learn about the history, biology and geology of the area. According to its website, “the Flax Pond Marine Lab is an active research and instructional facility involved in investigating fundamental problems affecting marine fisheries on regional and national scales. The lab is located at Flax Pond, a 0.6 km² preserve that encompasses an entire tidal wetland area.” 

During their visit, students spent some time in the marsh learning about its ecology and then went inside the lab to learn about what experiments were being conducted there, including how temperature affects the growth of blue shelled crab, among others. Additionally, the students spent some time on the stream table to learn about erosion and how water moves the soil.