Area students spend week as ocean researchers

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EAST BOOTHBAY – Sixteen Maine high school juniors completed a week of living and learning at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on May 25.

Participants this year included Sean Monteith from Lewiston High School and Brynne Speakman from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris.

They worked scientists, went on a research cruise, conducted experiments and learned how to analyze their results as part of the 29th annual Keller Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude program.

The five-day summer workshop provides students with hands-on experience in the biological, chemical and geological characteristics of the local marine environment.

Laboratory researchers Dr. Nicole Poulton and Dr. David Fields lead the program. Students apply for the program and 16 are selected from across all the counties in Maine.

All costs for participation are covered by the First National Bank, along with support from other foundations and individuals.

The program is named in honor of the late Maureen Keller, a Bigelow laboratory scientist.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit research institute on the coast of Maine. Its research ranges from the microscopic life at the center of marine food webs to large-scale ocean processes that affect the entire planet.

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Maine high school students spent a week at Bigelow Laboratory learning about ocean science. Pictured from left, back row: Carolyn Frank, Rosa Atienza, Hagen Wallace, Eleanor Adams, Emily Drappeau, Ben Cox-Faxon, Sean Monteith, Emma Lunny, Elinor Tierney-Fife, William Cullina and Alexander Facq; front row: Daisy Drinkert, Lily Turner, Catherine Campbell, Brynne Speakman and Sarah Foust.

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