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Chesapeake Bay Research

This program is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and engages a secondary STEM teacher in a 6-week research experience with Dr. Raymond Najjar, Professor of Oceanography at Penn State University. This project aims to better understand the regional effects of climate change by exploring the biogeochemistry (the cycling of nutrients) of the Chesapeake Bay. The teacher will participate in both field and laboratory work with Dr. Najjar’s group to better understand the rates of cellular respiration and photosynthesis in Chesapeake Bay estuaries. The primary goal of this Research Experience for Teachers program is to use this research to co-design a unit of study to enhance his/her current curriculum.