Grants Aid Greenwich, CT, Oyster Research

Oysters, photo/Noank Aquaculture Co-Op. Funded by an Alliance Reaching Out Grant, 100 Greenwich High School marine science students have been engaged in a hands-on, year-long research project designed to study the effects of water quality variables on the growth and mortality of oysters.

Under the guidance of educators from the award-winning environmental nonprofit SoundWaters and GHS marine science teachers, the students are seeking to learn how temperature and salinity levels affect the growth rate of oysters. Because oysters are so closely linked to Long Island Sound, students are also learning about their history, economic value and impact on our local community. GHS marine science teachers Paul Ludwig and Amy Ferland report that their students are fired up by the project’s hands-on approach to science, and also say they appreciate the opportunity to participate in a longitudinal study that shows students how science research is really done — slowly, over time.

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