Today I video-conferenced about the Arctic research occurring at Toolik Field Station to high school students in the USC Summer Science Camp on Catalina Island. This is a weeklong Summer Science Programs provide high school students from across the country the opportunity to visit the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, and other coastal sites. Over the course of a week, students get amazing opportunities to work with local researchers, conduct their own research projects, learn about careers in marine science, build their own ROVs, snorkel, kayak, and explore the marine protected areas around the island.
I was a participant of this program myself in 2006 and it was wonderful to be able to give back as both an educator and research translator. The program is heavily microbe focused so it was great to be able to talk to them about the microbe research Dr. Crump's lab is doing on microbial biogeography. Furthermore, I also walked around Toolik Field Station in my full bug gear to show them what life in the field is like.