Empty shells preserved in sand and mud on the seafloor offer a lens into past environments, allowing scientists to “time travel” to coastal environments that existed long before the Industrial Revolution. Join us this year, Alabama’s bicentennial year, to explore the environmental history of Alabama’s coastal waters. In this multi-day workshop, hosted in partnership with Dr. Paul Harnik of Franklin & Marshall College and Ms. Nancy Raia of the Eastern Shore Art Center, we’ll learn about molluscs, such as clams and oysters, and how their shells are dated using radiocarbon methods. We’ll investigate human interactions with coastal ecosystems and the history and ecological impacts of dead zones in the Gulf. We’ll collect samples of living and historical molluscan communities aboard DISL’s research vessel, and lastly, discuss how your students can participate in the Postcards from the Past STEAM outreach project.
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